Canadian Cancer Society celebrates final adoption today of crucial public health legislation that will ban flavoured tobacco including menthol

28 April 2015

Halifax -

Canadian Cancer Society celebrates final adoption today of crucial public health legislation that will ban flavoured tobacco including menthol

 

The Canadian Cancer Society celebrates the final adoption today by the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly of provincial legislation to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol. The legislation received third reading with all-party support and will come into force on May 31, 2015.

“Once again, Nova Scotia has demonstrated tremendous national leadership in tobacco control,” said Barbara Stead-Coyle, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society - Nova Scotia Division. “This builds on past leadership by the province. Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to ban the sale of tobacco in vending machines and to require smoke-free patios.”
“We look forward to marking the landmark date of May 31st, when flavoured tobacco will be removed from the shelves,” said Stead-Coyle. “We praise Minister of Health and Wellness Leo Glavine for his leadership, and we thank all parties for their support of this crucial public health legislation.”

“Make no mistake about it.  Menthol is a kiddie flavour,” said Stead-Coyle. The 2012-2013 Flavours Report, based on the Youth Smoking Survey, confirms that 34% of high school student smokers in Nova Scotia smoke menthol. This equates to 1,800 students.

“Menthol is harmful because it masks the harshness of tobacco smoke, enables deeper inhalation and increases nicotine absorption,” said Stead-Coyle. “Research shows that youth menthol smokers smoke more cigarettes per day, when compared to traditional cigarette smokers, and have lower intention to quit.”
While Nova Scotia will become the first province to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol, other provinces are also taking action. In Ontario, legislation to ban flavoured tobacco products, including menthol, is at an advanced stage before the provincial Legislature. In Quebec, the provincial government has said that it will introduce legislation on flavoured tobacco this spring.


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