CPhA Statement on New Measures to Further Restrict Flavoured Cigars
On June 18, the Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced that a regulatory change would be made to the 2009 “Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act”. The 2009 legislation banned the addition of additives such as flavouring in cigarettes and other tobacco products that would make them more attractive to youth. However, since that legislation, new tobacco products aimed at younger users have emerged on the market that do not meet the same regulatory requirements as laid out in the 2009 legislation. The change announced by the Minister will close loopholes so that products such as flavor added “small cigars” are not allowed on the market. This regulatory change would become effective December 14, 2015.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) supports the federal government’s move to adopt new measures to further restrict flavours in cigars that appeal to youth. As the national voice of the pharmacy profession in Canada, CPhA is supportive of any actions which protect youth from the dangers and appeal of tobacco products. As highly trusted and accessible health care professionals, pharmacists across Canada play a vital role in smoking prevention and cessation. Minister Ambrose’s recent announcement is a significant step in helping young Canadians stay healthy and tobacco-free.