Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Protecting the Children: Canada Bans All 'Flavored' Tobacco Products

Kids love sweets. So, sweeten up tobacco for kids, right? Get them addicted as young as possible, right?

Doesn't it sound like a boardroom scene from the now-classic film 'Thank you For Smoking'?

The movie's tobacco chairman harangues his execs during a secret board meeting: "People, what is going on out there? I look down this table, all I see are white flags. Our numbers are down all across the board. Teen smoking, our bread and butter, is falling like a s*** from heaven! We don't sell Tic Tacs for Christ's sake. We sell cigarettes. And they're cool and available and addictive. The job is almost done for us!"

While other nations dither and debate, Canada acts, taking the lead in health care, again.

What new socialist evil are these liberals up to now? Protecting their children.

Yes, Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Canada Border Services, all are on the prowl.

"The Government of Canada has delivered on its promise to protect young people from tobacco industry marketing practices that encourage them to smoke," announced the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Minister of Health. "The amendments to the Tobacco Act position Canada as a world leader in tobacco control."

First, Canada enacted the "Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act". (October 8, 2009, began a transition period--- for retailers and manufacturers to steel themselves for the economic and marketing effects of the new law.)

Now, the law has matured. Canada outlaws the sale, (including retail and duty-free), of the oh-so-cutely-labelled "little cigars" and "blunt wraps" (packaged under 20 units).

As a follow-through, Canada's new tobacco health-protective Act also extends it's existing restrictions on the advertising of tobacco, and to prevent the illegal sale of all other tobacco products prohibited under the Tobacco Act. Media advertising aimed at minors is also targeted.

Health Canada will do enforcement across the national tobacco supply chain--- manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers. Their inspectors have authority to issue warnings, seize product, and recommend prosecution.

And people wonder why Canada's health costs are lower? Prevention!

We can only hope that the other nations are watching, and learning. So many lives are at stake.

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