Canadian Lung Association

Canadian Lung Association

September 30, 2009 10:01 ET

Senate Must Not Bow to Tobacco Industry by Amending C-32: Lung Association Says

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2009) - The Lung Association today released the following statement with regards to Bill C-32 which is currently before the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs:

"The massive increase in sales of flavoured tobacco in the past number of years is due to tobacco companies targeting children and young people. For years there were very few flavoured tobacco products. Because tobacco kills about half of its long term users, tobacco companies have to spend huge amounts of money to entice new users to this addictive, killer substance. Flavoured tobaccos target young Canadians. The best thing we can do for health care in Canada is reduce the attractiveness and availability of tobacco for young people.

We ask Senators to oppose the amendment supported by the tobacco industry that would allow flavours in cigarettes. Supporting this amendment would serve only to weaken the bill and put Canada's children as risk".

About The Lung Association

Established in 1900, The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest and most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy on lung heath issues.

Contact Information

  • The Lung Association
    Cameron Bishop
    Director of Government Affairs and Media Relations
    613-569-6411, ext, 223