Canadian Cancer Society commends decision to include menthol in flavoured tobacco ban placing Nova Scotia as a national leader in tobacco control

17 April 2015

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Canadian Cancer Society commends decision to include menthol in flavoured tobacco ban placing Nova Scotia as a national leader in tobacco control

Halifax, Nova Scotia (April 17, 2015) – The Canadian Cancer Society strongly supports the announcement of a ban on flavoured tobacco and commends the progressive decision to include menthol. The legislation introduced today will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products, including menthol, in the Province of Nova Scotia effective May 31, 2015. This would position Nova Scotia as the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a menthol ban.

“We praise Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness, for his leadership in bringing this bill forward,” said Barbara Stead-Coyle, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society- Nova Scotia Division. “This bill will help prevent teenage addiction to tobacco, will prevent disease, and will save lives. The ban on menthol is especially important as menthol is the most popular flavour among youth.”

Earlier this year, the government completed a public consultation process to gauge the public’s appetite for a ban on flavoured tobacco products. Results show that 62% of Nova Scotians support a ban on menthol flavoured tobacco products. “The results of the public consultation clearly demonstrate that Nova Scotians are tired of Big Tobacco luring our youth into a lifelong addiction,” added Barbara Stead-Coyle 

“Nova Scotians have given government a clear mandate. We support the government in moving quickly to pass legislation to ban all flavoured tobacco and protect Nova Scotia youth,” says Stead-Coyle. “We encourage all Nova Scotians to urge their MLA to #endtheflavour at www.takeaction.cancer.ca.”

The Canadian Cancer Society advocates for healthy public policies. The following data outlines the need for the kind of legislation government introduced today:

  • Studies show that the overwhelming majority of smokers start using tobacco before the age of 18.
  • The national Youth Smoking Survey for the 2012-13 school year found that of Nova Scotia high school students who use tobacco, 48% use flavoured tobacco. And among Nova Scotia high school students who smoke, 34% smoke menthol.
  • The legislation introduced today will reduce youth tobacco use, and will prevent tobacco-caused cancer and deaths
  • In Ontario, Bill 45 will ban flavours, including menthol, in all tobacco products.  The bill is currently before the Ontario Legislature with all-party support.

 

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