Why does British Columbia lag behind when it comes to taking cigarettes out of pharmacies?

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More than 30 years ago, Canadian health organizations began to campaign for pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes. One by one, 9 provinces and 3 territories amended their tobacco laws to end this practice. Only one province – British Columbia – has firmly declined to take this step. This post looks reviews provincial bans on pharmacy...

Tobacco 21 – More evidence on the benefits of raising the minimum legal age

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Raising the minimum sale age for tobacco to 21 has emerged as a highly recommended measure for tobacco control systems. This blog reviews the history of Tobacco 21 measures and the research that has been conducted on the effectiveness of this measure at reducing tobacco or e-cigarette use by young people. (A downloadable version is...

BAT’s report on “Vapour in Canada” validates new provincial and federal regulations

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Over the past six months, new restrictions on vaping product marketed have been implemented by the federal and provincial governments which share responsibility for public health. This post provides an update on some of these measures – and on the reasons they are needed. BAT reports that flavours and packaging are the key to its...

A new year begins… and so do some tobacco-related measures

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The new year is a common date for governments to peg for implementing regulations or new rules. This year is no exception, with new tobacco control provisions kicking in this week. Other regular New Year’s changes will be price increases set by tobacco companies. This post reviews these events — with related and updated fact...

Post-consumer tobacco waste — more harmful than plastic straws and stir sticks.

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Earlier this month, Jonathan Wilkinson, the minister of Enviornment and Climate Change Canada announced Canada’s plans to achieve zero plastic waste within the next decade.  Included in this plan was a ban on 6 categories of single-use plastic items: plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics. While the...

The economic benefits of getting to 5% prevalence

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The federal government has set the goal of reducing smoking rates in Canada to less than 5% by 2035. But are we on track to getting there? And are there economic benefits to governments and citizens if we do? This summer, the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada commissioned Dr....

Tobacco litigation: another extension granted to tobacco manufacturers

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Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control – Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada New study shows consumption reduction targets would generate more savings for Ontario and Quebec than any realistic monetary settlement Ottawa, Montréal, September 29th 2020 — Today, the Ontario Court granted tobacco companies an additional six-month protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), renewing...

Prince Edward Island bans flavoured e-cigarettes – effective March 1, 2021.

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Prince Edward Island becomes the second Canadian province to formalize a comprehensive ban on flavoured vaping products. The ban will come into effect at the beginning of next March, after which only tobacco-flavoured e-cigarettes will be legal for sale. The decision is reflected in the Orders in Council EC2020-489 signed on August 11, 2020: 1. Section 1.1...

Will British Columbia be the world’s second jurisdiction to require plain packaging of e-cigarettes?

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There may be a very important sleeper among the suite of measures to address youth vaping announced by the British Columbia government yesterday. One of the regulations introduced by minister of health Adrian Dix is a requirement that all vaping liquids be sold in plainish packages by mid-September. The regulation does not apply to packaging of the...

British Columbia’s new regulations will help protect children and adults from harmful nicotine marketing

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Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada today welcomed British Columbia’s new regulations to protect young people from tobacco and vaping industry marketing. “Last year Brritish Columbia was the first Canadian jurisdiction to develop a comprehensie strategy to address the youth vaping crisis,” said executive Director Cynthia Callard. “The regulatory measures that were advanced today as part of that...

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