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Banning flavoured tobacco products
Protect youth from dangers of tobacco use
The use of flavoured tobacco products among youth is a growing public health issue. The 2012/13 Youth Smoking Survey shows that 55% of Saskatchewan tobacco users in high school are using flavoured tobacco.
The most popular flavour is menthol. One out of 3 teen smokers is smoking menthol cigarettes.
At least 5 provinces have moved to ban these products, including Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Given the high youth smoking rate in Saskatchewan, we urge the Saskatchewan government to do the same.
A 2013 Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society found that more than 80% of Saskatchewan residents support banning the sale of flavoured products.
Students making a difference
Photo: Saskatchewan youth educate Health Minister Dustin Duncan about flavoured tobacco
A group of Lloydminster students was instrumental in getting flavoured tobacco products banned in Alberta. Together with Saskatoon students they presented their concerns to MLAs at the Saskatchewan legislature, and urged the Health Minister to ban the deadly products in Saskatchewan.
I’m extremely grateful to the Canadian Cancer Society for funding my research with an Innovation Grant.
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