July 17th, 2024

No changes promised to outdated tobacco law despite unflattering internal review

By The Canadian Press on June 24, 2024.

An internal review of the government's anti-tobacco legislation shows the federal approach to curb nicotine use in Canada isn't working, but Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada say the Liberals have promised no action to fix it.A smoker puts out a cigarette in a public ash tray in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – An internal review of anti-tobacco legislation indicates the federal approach to curbing nicotine use in Canada isn’t working, but the group Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada says the Liberals have promised no remedies.

The addictions minister quietly tabled the report at the end of the spring sitting of Parliament, before MPs returned to their ridings for the summer.

It landed during an ongoing spat between the tobacco industry and the health minister, who has vowed to prevent more Canadians from becoming addicted.

The report suggests the rate of people who quit smoking has remained more or less the same for the last 20 years.

Meanwhile, rates of youth vaping have remained high, and new nicotine products have come on the market.

The review did not recommend changes to the law, though University of Waterloo professor David Hammond says the legislation has so far been insufficient.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2024.

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