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Alberta government proposes flavoured tobacco products ban

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In an unprecedented move, the Alberta government recently announced it’s proceeding with plans to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products in the province.

Bill 206, also known as The Tobacco Reduction (Flavoured Tobacco Products) Amendment Act, could be voted on as early as Monday, November 18. All flavoured tobacco products would be illegal for sale under the proposed legislation, and if passed, could have serious impacts on c-store businesses.

According to National Smokeless Tobacco Company (NSTC), product bans such as this one hurt law-abiding businesses, but they also create incentives for criminals to engage in illicit activity.

“Our position is clear. Instead of depriving adult tobacco consumers of products they want, the focus should remain on keeping adult products away from kids,” says JF Turcotte, president of NSTC.

The time to act is now, and it’s important that all consumers, retailers, and wholesalers opposed to Bill 206 speak up now.

If you’d like to voice your opposition to Bill 206, contact Dave Rodney, Associate Minister of Wellness by email (calgary.lougheed@assembly.ab.ca) or phone 780-415- 0482 and Doug Horner, Minister of Finance by email (calgary.lougheed@assembly.ab.ca) or phone 780-415- 4855 today.

 

  • Lance Lynch

    I was born in Alberta, worked in the oil patch from age 16 and helped
    build the oil industry in western Canada and the territories.
    I am
    now retired and 65 years of age. One of my few pleasures is to enjoy a
    flavored mini-cigar when I so desire and don’t agree with your
    contemplating making their sale illegal. Enforce the laws that you have
    in place. Alcohol is available in every flavor under the sun, will that
    be next?
    Children are not the only ones with taste buds, you need to
    make sure the laws against selling to children are respected and not
    start banning products that might taste good. I have seen so many of my
    rights and privileges compromised over the last half century that I am
    appalled at the lengths the Alberta government is willing to go to under
    the pretext of “protecting” us from ourselves. Enough is enough!
    Enforce the laws forbidding the sale of tobacco products to minors and
    leave the rest of us alone!

    Regards Lance S. Lynch

  • Adam Welch

    Hmmm. Outlawing flavoured tobacco. But legalizing marijuana? I guess we won’t be able to get flavoured marijuana though?