Canadian Cancer Society applauds tobacco tax increase in Provincial Budget

09 April 2015

Halifax -

Canadian Cancer Society applauds tobacco tax increase in Provincial Budget

Tobacco tax increases are known to decrease smoking rates

A tobacco tax increase of $4.00 per carton of 200 cigarettes announced in today’s provincial budget is applauded by the Canadian Cancer Society.

“We strongly support the tobacco tax increase because it will reduce youth smoking and save lives,” says Kelly Cull, Manager, Government and Partner Relations, Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division.  “Making cigarettes more expensive is one of the most effective ways to encourage smokers to quit, and also prevent youth from starting to use tobacco.” 

It is estimated that a price increase of 10 per cent will generally result in a decrease in consumption of 4 per cent.  In Budget 2015-16, the Nova Scotia Government states that the increase in tobacco taxes will result in approximately $15.6 million in additional revenue. 

In 2014, in Nova Scotia it is estimated that 6,100 new cases of cancer were diagnosed.  “We know that half of all cancers can be prevented and meaningful steps, like increasing tobacco taxes, can have a tremendous impact on saving lives,” says Cull.  “Imagine if half of the people who were diagnosed with cancer in Nova Scotia, weren’t.  That’s over 3,000 Nova Scotians who wouldn’t hear the words ‘you have cancer.’”

The Canadian Cancer Society invests in cancer prevention activities, and advocates for healthy public policies, like tobacco legislation, that make the healthy choice the easy choice for Nova Scotians. 

Smoking rates in Nova Scotia are among the highest in Canada at 19 per cent.  Tobacco remains the leading cause of death and disease in Nova Scotia, killing over 1,700 people each year.  Over 170 million dollars is spent annually to treat tobacco related disease.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

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Media contact information:
Heather Creighton Spriet
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division
Heather.spriet@ns.cancer.ca
(902) 423-6183