Cancer Society hails ban on menthol cigarettes

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Toronto, April 29 (CINEWS):The Canadian Cancer Society has hailed the national l ban on menthol cigarettes announced today by Minister of Health Jane Philpott

The Youth Smoking Survey for 2012-13 found that of Canadian high school students who smoke, 29% smoke menthol. In recent months, 2 tobacco companies have introduced cigarettes with a squeezable menthol filter containing a capsule that gives a burst of menthol when squeezed. These cigarettes are a gimmick attractive to youth, and provide an even greater rationale to ban menthol cigarettes. The companies that introduced these cigarettes are Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd.

“A ban on menthol cigarettes is an essential and necessary measure to protect Canadian kids,” says Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society. “Menthol cigarettes mask the harsh taste of tobacco smoke and make it easier for youth to experiment and become addicted. Health Minister Jane Philpott deserves praise for bringing this ban forward.”

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To date, 5 provinces have adopted legislation to ban menthol, with regulations in PEI awaiting approval (implementation dates shown in brackets):

  • Nova Scotia (May 31, 2015)
  • Alberta (Sept. 30, 2015)
  • New Brunswick (Jan. 1, 2016)
  • Quebec (Aug. 26, 2016)
  • Ontario (Jan. 1, 2017)

The announcement has  published online  in the Canada Gazette, Part I, and is to be followed by a 30-day consultation period. The ban on menthol would apply to cigarettes, blunt wraps, and most cigars.

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. For more information, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

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