Ontario Budget: Canadian Cancer Society applauds Ontario government’s proposed contraband tobacco measures

24 April 2015

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society continues to be very concerned about the serious public health threat posed by tobacco and welcomes the proposed contraband measures announced in the 2015 Ontario Budget.

Contraband tobacco products are becoming increasingly available at schools and making their way into our neighbourhoods in unbranded, clear plastic bags. The public, especially youth, are often unaware that these products are illegal.

“We support action to tackle contraband tobacco and would like to see a province-wide education campaign to educate youth and their parents about contraband tobacco products,” says Kelly Gorman, Senior Manager, Public Issues. “Low priced tobacco products leads to higher rates of consumption, which is especially true among youth.”

The Society applauds the government’s continued commitment to a Smoke-Free Ontario. Reducing youth smoking rates is key to achieving Ontario’s goal of having the lowest smoking rates in Canada. The proposed legislation that is currently under consideration to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol, will be a big step forward towards achieving this goal.

The Society encourages the swift passage of this legislation. Tell your MPP you support a ban on flavoured tobacco at takeaction.cancer.ca.

About the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.


For more information, please contact:

Justin Edmonstone

Public Affairs

Canadian Cancer Society

Ontario Division

Phone: 416-323-7026