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.
There are approximately 5 million smokers in Canada. The Canadian government is aiming to bring that number down to 2 million by 2035.
With better regulations, we can rid Canada of cigarettes altogether.
In response to the national health problem posed by cigarette use, the Tobacco Act was introduced in Canada in 1997.
The Act 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 lowest levels in 2018, when only 10.9% 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 (TVPA) focuses on regulating the sale of both tobacco and vaping products across Canada.
Regulations on tobacco products are vital to #UnsmokeCanada and prevent access 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 for adult smokers regarding these products can help allow them to switch to a smoke-free alternative.
At RBH, our goal is to stop selling cigarettes. We want today’s adult smokers to switch to better alternatives if they do not quit nicotine completely. We think 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.