In New Brunswick, Bill 47, An Act to Amend the Tobacco Sales Act,
received Third Reading and Royal Assent on Wed. April 30. This bill
bans retail displays effective January 1, 2009. The bill was adopted
without amendments. Hansard is not available on-line. To see the bill,
bilingual pdf: http://www.gnb.ca/legis/bill/pdf/56/2/Bill-47.pdf
March 28, 2008 – First Reading
April 29, 2008 – Second Reading
April 29, 2008 – approval in Committee of the Whole
April 30, 2008 – Third Reading
April 30, 2008 – Royal Assent
12 of 13 provinces/territories have now adopted legislation to ban
retail displays – the only exception is Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sales of contraband tobacco are skyrocketing and now account for one in three cigarette purchases across the country, according to a new study by the tobacco industry.
Police are seizing more and more contraband smokes each year. But industry leaders say the seizures are merely drops in the bucket and want governments and police to target large-scale manufacturing plants on aboriginal reserves.
“The seizure of illegal tobacco products from the small-time distributors is really addressing the tail end of the problem,” Benj Kemball, president of Imperial Tobacco, said Tuesday from the company’s Montreal headquarters.
“It’s important that you get to both the illegal manufacturing operations as well as the criminal networks that are taking these products off reserves and distributing them across Canada.”
The study, funded by the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers’ Council and conducted by independent market research firm GfK Research Dynamics, surveyed 2,046 adult smokers in May and June.
Among respondents, 32.7 per cent said they had purchased illicit tobacco products within the previous seven days – up from 22 per cent in 2007 and 16.5 per cent in 2006.
The numbers were highest in Ontario, at 48.6 per cent, and lowest on the Prairies at under four per cent.
Respondents were interviewed in their homes, so the survey team asked to see their cigarettes. Illegal smokes were on hand in 19.3 per cent of homes nationwide and 29 per cent of homes in Ontario.
The GfK Research Dynamics survey is considered accurate within plus or minus 2.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
The RCMP say the study, obtained this week by The Canadian Press, is not industry hype – it matches what they’re seeing on the street.
“In our area, we’re way over the amount we seized last year,” Sgt. Michael Harvey said from the RCMP detachment in Cornwall, Ont., near the heart of the contraband trade.
Industry officials and police say the vast majority of illegal cigarettes are manufactured on the American side of reserves that straddle the border in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. They are then shipped up and down the Trans-Canada Highway in cars, vans and trucks.
Mounties managed to shut down one manufacturing facility on the New York side of the Akwesasne reserve in 2006, and arrested 12 people as part of an alleged smuggling and manufacturing ring. But such efforts take a lot of time and effort.
“Unfortunately, those operations take 14 to 18 months to complete,” Harvey said.
“In the meantime, we can’t ignore the fact that there’s cigarettes coming across every day from those 13 (other) factories.”
The federal government has promised to beef up enforcement efforts. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced a plan in May to target illegal manufacturing plants and disrupt distribution networks.
Police say another challenge is convincing law-abiding citizens to stop buying contraband cigarettes, which can sell for less than a quarter of the price of legal smokes.
“These products are being trafficked by criminal networks who also deal in alcohol, drugs and firearms,” Kemball said.
“It’s not just an economic problem … it’s a social problem that really does threaten the fabric of society in terms of widespread criminal acts.”
Le mardi 09 septembre 2008
Tabac: les cigarettes de contrebande représentent le tiers des achats
La Presse Canadienne
Les ventes de cigarettes de contrebande sont en expansion continue et représentent maintenant le tiers des cigarettes achetées au Canada, selon une nouvelle étude effectuée pour le compte de l’industrie du tabac.
Les forces de l’ordre saisissent de plus en plus de produits de tabac illégaux à chaque année, mais les manufacturiers voudraient que les gouvernements s’attaquent plutôt aux usines installées sur les réserves autochtones.
Pour conduire l’étude financée par le Conseil canadien des manufacturiers du tabac, la firme de marketing GfK Research Dynamics a interrogé 2046 fumeurs adultes au pays aux mois de mai et juin.
L’étude a démontré que 32,7 pour cent des personnes sondées ont dit avoir acheté des cigarettes de contrebande au moins une fois pendant la semaine précédant leur rencontre avec les sondeurs. Cette statistique était de 22 pour cent en 2007 et 16,5 pour cent en 2006.
C’est en Ontario que la proportion de fumeurs ayant acheté des cigarettes de contrebande est la plus élevée, à 48,6 pour cent, et dans les Prairies que cette proportion est la moins élevée, à moins de 4 pour cent.
Cette recherche comporte une marge d’erreur de 2,2 pour cent, 19 fois sur 20.
La police reconnaît que la majorité des cigarettes de contrebande vendues au pays sont fabriquées du côté américain des réserves autochtones qui chevauchent la frontière canado-américaine dans l’est de l’Ontario et le sud du Québec.
B.C. Opposition Health Critic to introduce bill to ban flavoured cigarillos
Below is a news release of today from B.C. NDP Health Critic Adrian Dix in which he indicates that he will introduce a private member’s bill in the next legislative session (Spring 2009). Also below is a news release from PSC in response.
For a link to the NDP backgrounder that accompanied the NDP media release, In speaking to the media today, Adrian Dix stated that the government already had the authority, under existing provincial tobacco legislation, to ban flavoured cigarillos.
National momentum on this issue continues, with Ontario legislation adopted at third reading last week on Dec. 4; a Sept. 17, 2008 election commitment by Prime Minister Harper; a federal private member’s bill introduced June 16, 2008 (previous Parliament); a private member’s bill introduced in N.S. on May 7, 2008; a Nov. 28, 2008 PEI Legislative Committee recommendation that tobacco legislation be reviewed immediately in response to concerns including regarding flavoured cigarillos; and a pending private member’s bill in B.C. (announced Dec. 10, 2008 for Spring 2009 introduction).
Dec. 10, 2008
DIX CALLS FOR STRICTER REGULATION OF CIGARILLOS:
BAN FLAVOURING AND SALE OF SINGLES
VICTORIA - New Democrat health critic Adrian Dix is calling on the Campbell government to implement stricter regulation of cigarillos, including the banning of flavouring and the sale of singles.
“Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada have said that cigarillos are the new cigarettes for kids,” said Dix. “Despite having similar health risks, cigarillos are not regulated in the same way. For example, cigarillos can be sold in singles and the packaging is not required to carry health warnings. It is time for that to change.
“The various flavours available, including chocolate and raspberry, make cigarillos attractive to youth,” said Dix. “They are also sold individually, making them more affordable. In fact, they are comparable in price with candy bars and soda pop.”
Dix will introduce a Private Members’ Bill in the next legislative session to make cigarillos less attractive for youth by banning flavouring agents and prohibiting them from being sold in packages of less than 20.
Dix also wants to ensure that cigarillos include the same health information, health warnings and toxic constituent information that are on cigarette packages.
According to Health Canada, young Canadians use cigarillos at three times the rate of adults. “This is clearly a youth phenomena, and the way the product is being marketed reflects that,” said Dix.
“We all know the risks associated with smoking,” said Dix. “Tobacco products should not be allowed to mask their harmfulness in tasty flavours and attractive packaging. If we are really committed to keeping youth away from smoking, then including cigarillos as a fully regulated tobacco product makes sense.”
Dec 10, 2008 14:30 ET
B.C. Legislation to Ban Flavoured Tobacco is a Welcome Development
Attention: Health/Medical Editor, News Editor
OTTAWA–(Marketwire – Dec. 10, 2008) – Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) today welcomed the announcement by B.C. MLA, Adrian Dix, that he plans to introduce a private member’s bill to clamp down on the marketing of kid-friendly tobacco products.
“We are delighted that communities across Canada are pushing for stronger laws to protect young people and others from tobacco marketing, and that political support in all quarters and regions is growing,” said PSC’s executive director, Cynthia Callard.
“Private member’s legislation has been the driver of tightening the laws on flavoured tobacco products in Nova Scotia, Ontario, in the federal parliament, and now in B.C.,” said Callard. “We hope that the B.C. legislature will give the same quick passage as in Ontario.”
On December 4, 2008, the Ontario legislature gave third reading to a private member’s bill, co-sponsored by Ms. France Gélinas and Mr. Dave Levac, that had been introduced only a month before. Private Member’s legislation has also been introduced in Nova Scotia by MLA, Joan Massey and in the federal parliament by MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
“The actions today of Mr. Dix show us again how important and valuable it is for elected representatives to be ready to take speedy action when tobacco companies invent new marketing gimmicks to attract new smokers,” said Ms. Callard.
“We hope that measures will soon be in place across Canada to ban flavoured and other new tobacco products,” she said.