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Saturday, October 12, 2013

NB Group Joins Call For Ban On Flavoured Tobacco

The New Brunswick Lung Association joining the Canadian Cancer Society in their call for a ban on all flavoured tobacco to curb youth smoking.

A recently released Youth Smoking Survey revealing more than half of high school students who used tobacco products in the last 30 days used flavoured tobacco.

Barbara Walls, the Director of Health Promotion for the NB Lung Association tells CHSJ News in 2010, the federal government banned flavoured cigarettes, cigarillos and blunt wraps, but tobacco companies were able to keep adding flavours like bubblegum, cherry and watermelon to cigarillos by avoiding the legal definition of the product.

Walls believes if there is another ban, the industry will find another way to continue selling flavoured tobacco, because that's their business. She says part of the reason for the call is about education and raising awareness.