Smoking cigarettes can cause serious smoking-related diseases.
The Government of Canada’s response to cigarettes has included increased taxes, restrictions on advertising, stringent regulations on packaging and display, and bans on smoking in public places.
Although these responses have been successful in reducing smoking rates, there is a lot that still needs to be done.
With better regulations, it’s possible to rid Canada of cigarettes altogether.
The Tobacco Act was introduced in Canada in 1997 and has been crucial in reducing smoking levels, lowering rates of smoking-related death and disease, and protecting the health of Canadians. Smoking levels reached their , when only 13% of Canadians smoked on a daily basis.
The act was updated in 2018 to address the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping products. The new Tobacco and Vaping Product Act focuses on regulating the sale of both tobacco and vaping products across Canada.
Regulations on tobacco and nicotine products are vital to #Unsmoke Canada, and they prevent access of these products to underage Canadians. At RBH, we believe that cigarettes should be phased out as soon as possible.
When it comes to smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes, we must first and foremost completely restrict access to all underage Canadians. However, access to information regarding these products for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke can help inform them that a better choice is available.
At RBH, our goal is to stop selling cigarettes. We want today’s adult smokers to quit all forms of tobacco and nicotine entirely. For adults who choose to continue to smoke, we want them to consider switching to smoke-free alternatives, as they are a better option. The Government of Canada can make that happen even faster by embracing science, technology, and innovation regarding smoking alternatives, such as vaping or heating. New regulations are necessary and should reflect the differences between cigarettes and smoke-free alternatives.