Flavoured Tobacco

Provincial governments across Canada are making moves to deal with the flavoured tobacco issue. A summary of these developments can be found in the following document, Provincial Updates on Flavoured Tobacco, 2014. In 2016 the Newfoundland and Labrador Government introduced and passed ammendments to the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act which banned all flavoured tobacco and flavoured additives in all tobacco sold in the province.

In 2009 the Canadian Government passed Bill C-32 which redefined a “little cigar” as one which has a cigarette filter OR weighs no more than 1.4 grams. Little cigars could no longer be flavoured or be sold in packs of less than 20. In response, the tobacco industry changed their manufactured products to be slightly heavier, thus circumventing the legislation and continuing to sell little cigars with added flavouring. In October 2013, new data from the Youth Smoking Survey were released showing that of high school students who had used tobacco in the previous 30 days, 52% had used flavoured tobacco in previous 30 days. This is of enormous concern. Flavoured tobacco is helping to attract and addict a new generation of youth.

ACT has developed an Official Position on Flavoured Tobacco.

The Canadian Cancer Society has called for a closing of this loophole and a ban on ALL flavoured tobacco in this news release.

This story from CBC provides a quick overview of the flavoured tobacco issue in Canada, "How Big Tobacco skirts Ottawa's ban on flavoured cigarettes".

In addition, a podcast was developed by Smoke Free Ontario entitled When Cigar Packages Speak: Overview and Some Findings from the Chatterbox Project.

For further reading on how flavoured tobacco is threatening youth today, check out these Interesting Facts from the U.S Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.