Proposal would expand previous restrictions on flavours that appeal to youth
OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Staying healthy is about more than just visiting a doctor. It is the result of the positive choices we make every day. The Government of Canada continues to take action in helping Canadians make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
As part of this commitment, and under the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, Health Canada announced today a proposed Order that would amend the Tobacco Act to ban the use of menthol in cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars sold on the Canadian market.
In May 2016, Health Canada concluded a 30-day consultation period with stakeholders and the general public on the path forward for the restriction of menthol flavouring in these tobacco products. The vast majority of comments received from the public were supportive.
The proposed amendments would build on changes that came into force in 2009 and 2015, which banned the use of certain additives, including flavours like chocolate and bubble gum, in all cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars (including little cigars), to make them less attractive to youth.
The changes proposed today would expand on these restrictions by prohibiting menthol, an additive used by tobacco manufacturers to improve the palatability of their products and increase their appeal, resulting in 95% of the entire tobacco market being subject to a federal flavour ban.
The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to review the proposed Order, which is being published in the Canada Gazette Part I for a 75-day public comment period, and to submit feedback they may have to Health Canada.
The Federal Tobacco Control Strategy is a component of the vision for a healthy Canada, which focuses on healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy mind.
Quotes"Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians die from preventable diseases that can be directly linked to smoking. Research shows that the best way to prevent these deaths is to stop people from smoking in the first place, especially when they're young. By moving forward on this proposed ban on menthol, alongside the existing flavours ban for tobacco products, we are taking another important step in the fight against youth smoking."Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
Associated LinksProposed Order to amend the Schedule to the Tobacco ActCanadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (2014-2015) Backgrounder on the Vision for a Healthy Canada
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SOURCE Health Canada
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