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December 5, 2008

Ontario Bans Flavoured Cigarillos
Doctors group calls for products to be removed from shelves.

Ottawa – Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today congratulated the Ontario Legislature for giving swift passage to private member's legislation to ban flavoured cigarillos.

"We are truly grateful to MPPs Dave Levac and France Gelinas for their determination to protect young Canadians from this dangerous marketing practice," said PSC's executive director, Cynthia Callard. "And to the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty,  his government and other members of the Legislature for giving such swift support to this legislation."

Ontario is the only province to have taken this step, although similar legislative proposals have been offered in other legislatures, for example by by Nova Scotia MLA , Joan Massey and federal MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis. In September, Prime Minister Harper indicated he would be introducing measures to ban flavoured cigarillos.

"Legislation is an important first step," said Ms. Callard "but the real goal is to get these products off the shelves." PSC encourages the Ontario government to proclaim the new law within hours, and to have all of these products immediately recalled or destroyed.

"There is no need to wait for regulations to be drafted to put the primary purpose of this law into effect," stressed Ms. Callard. "Young Ontarians deserve the protection this law offers today." 

"Ontario has shown that a law to protect youth from candy-flavoured tobacco is possible. We call on other governments and legislatures to have such laws extended to all flavoured products across Canada," said Ms. Callard.

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For information:  Cynthia Callard, Executive Director                     613 233 4878


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