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Canada Proposal: Warnings on Tobacco Packages

Tweet OTTAWA – Health Canada released larger and more graphic health warnings for cigarette packages last week, part of draft regulations that would require labels and warning to be included on the inside and outside of packs, the Montreal Gazette reports. Twelve new images to cover 75 percent of the outside of cigarette packages were introduced along with eight new health message that will appear on the inside in full color, distinguishing Ca ... Jump to full article >>

Many different ways to seek help quitting

Tweet That ongoing message to smokers is being reinforced by the provincial government and many advocacy groups during National Non-Smoking Week. Saskatchewan has one of the highest smoking rates in the country. The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey reported a smoking prevalence of 22.3 per cent in the province in 2009, compared with a national prevalence of 17.5 per cent. Even though some age groups among Saskatchewan residents are smoking ... Jump to full article >>

RCMP, Canada Border Services make B.C.’s largest counterfeit cigarette seizure

Tweet The plan to bring 10 million contraband cigarettes into Canada went up in smoke when RCMP busted what they say is the largest counterfeit cigarette shipment in B.C. Seven men, one from Canada and six from China, were arrested and are facing charges of smuggling and possessing unlawfully imported goods and improperly stamped tobacco after the bust Oct. 29. Officers with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) were suspicious about a shipmen ... Jump to full article >>

Canadian C-stores Demand a Freeze on New Tobacco Regs, Taxes

Tweet TORONTO — Encouraged by recent reports that the Canadian federal and Quebec governments are shifting their focus on tobacco strategy to the problem of contraband, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) applauded the move and reminded officials that their best approach is to stay away from any new regulations or taxation on legal tobacco that would weaken the fight against the manufacturing and distribution of illegal toba ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking decline has slowed — more should be done, group says

Tweet New figures suggest Canadian smoking rates have been dropping over the past decade but that the decline has slowed considerably, and there’s plenty the government could do about it, reports the Canadian Cancer Society. Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst with the not-for-profit, said although the latest Statistics Canada figures show just 18 per cent of Canadians 15 years and older, (about 4.9 million), said they smoked last year ... Jump to full article >>

Convenience stores under threat: survey

Tweet Canada’s convenience stores are in a perilous position as rising sales taxes expand the lure of contraband cigarettes, which could force the closing of thousands of additional convenience stores across Canada, the industry’s association said Tuesday. More than 2,300 neighbourhood stores closed down last year, pushed in large part by falling sales of legal tobacco. Illegal tobacco sales continued to cost stores more than $2.5-bil ... Jump to full article >>

Big Tobacco wins partial victory in Canadian Court

Tweet The Canadian Press reported earlier today that Ottawa has been drawn back into a massive health-care recovery lawsuit after the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled it may share blame with tobacco companies for smoking-related health costs. The decision handed down earlier tiday only gives the tobacco companies a very narrow opening to have the federal government share financial responsibility. But it sets a precedent for similar cases p ... Jump to full article >>

Canada bans fruit-flavored cigarettes

Tweet Canada has banned the manufacture, importation and sale of most flavored cigarettes and small cigars, which have been slammed as little more than an enticement to get children to start smoking. The law, which came into effect on Thursday, was backed by both government and opposition lawmakers. It also bans tobacco advertising in newspapers and magazines, closing a loophole that had allowed ads in publications that claimed they were read onl ... Jump to full article >>

Public health initiatives and youth smoking prevention measures are inneffective for over 30 percent of the tobacco industry

Tweet IMPERIAL TOBACCO CANADA URGES PROVINCES AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACT ON ILLEGAL TOBACCO SALES Imperial Tobacco Canada today stated that Canada has lost its leadership in tobacco control thanks to provincial and federal governments ignoring the growing crisis of illegal tobacco sales. In a speech delivered today at the Canadian Club of Montreal, Benjamin J. Kemball, President and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Tobacco Canada said R ... Jump to full article >>

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe Joins Fight Against Canadian Tobacco Bill

Tweet The Canadian parliament is considering a bill that designed to wipe out candy-flavored cigarettes but could hurt local tobacco farmers. A Northeast Tennessee Congressman is the latest person to join the fight against a bill making its way through the Canadian legislature that could hurt American burley tobacco farmers. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, sent Canadian International Trade Minister Stockwell Day a letter voicing his oppos ... Jump to full article >>