Misinformation? Absolutely. That’s why we complained to the Competition Bureau

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For the past several weeks, Imperial Tobacco has been ramping up its “Facts not Fear” campaign. Their clear message — as shown in a display in a local Ottawa shopping mall — is that vaping products are not as harmful as health scientists are claiming. Well, we’ve been down this road before. In the 1950s...

Using consumer protection laws to strengthen tobacco control

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Last week two more U.S. states filed lawsuits against JUUL, alleging that the company has mislead consumers and asking their courts to do what their legislatures cannot — force the company to suspend certain deceptive marketing activities. This week, Canadian governments will be facing the tobacco industry in insolvency court as a result of their...

Weedless Wednesday 2020: The future of tobacco in Canada is on the table. Literally.

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For more than 40 years, Canadian smokers have been encouraged to see “Weedless Wednesday” as an opportunity to make a quit attempt, as Canadian health systems use the week around it (National Non Smoking Week) to focus efforts on helping communities abandon tobacco use. While in former decades this was a week of multiple announcements...

Smokers tell Health Canada they have concerns about being encouraged to switch to vaping.

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More public opinion research results have recently appeared on the Library of Canada web-site. Among them are the results of two series of focus groups conducted as part of the overhaul of health warning messages (HWM) that are printed on the outside of tobacco product packages and Health Information Messages (HIM) that are printed on the...

Another new year, another round of tobacco manufacturers’ price increases.

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This week Canadian tobacco companies raised the price they charge to retailers for cigarettes and other toabcco products. This month the price (per cigarette) went up by 1 to 1.5 cents in in most parts of Canada ($2.50 to $3.60 per carton), as shown in the memo sent by Imperial Tobacco to retailers on December...

Newly-released Health Canada research provides insight into young vapers

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Last week, Health Canada made public its plans to ban advertising of vaping products wherever they can be seen or heard by youth. At the same time, they also released two surveys that provide information and insight into young people’s vaping behaviours. These surveys are: The Canadian Student Tobacco Alcohol and Drug Survey (CSTADS). This survey...

Response to Health Canada’s proposals to protect children from vaping promotions

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We welcome the steps taken today by Health Canada to restrict e-cigarette promotions as an important initial step towards the comprehensive measures that are needed to protect children from vaping. We are especially pleased to see the Hon. Patty Hajdu make these proposals so quickly after she assumed responsibilities as the federal Minister of Health....

What research tells us about young people and e-cigarette flavours

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Many researchers are focusing on the role played by e-cigarette flavourings in encouraging young non-smokers to use these products. Earlier this year, the Nordic Welfare Council produced a report intended to inform public health efforts by governments in the Nordic Region (Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Faroe Islands, Finland, Aland, and Greenland). Their report – The significance...

The FDA’s ground rules for IQOS may have lessons for Canada

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Last month, Philip Morris began selling the heated tobacco IQOS devices and sticks in the United States. This is almost 3 years after they were marketed in Canada. The reason for the delay was that the US Food and Drug Administration would not permit the sale of this or any other new tobacco product until...

Finland’s strong controls on e-cigarettes include a ban on flavours.

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Recently the academic journal Tobacco Control published a new study on Finland’s experience with banning flavours in e-cigarettes. In this paper, Eeva Ollila of the Cancer Society of Finland analyzed the legal challenges and defiance to the law by manufacturers and retailers, and identified the need for greater controls at the EU and other levels. See you in...

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