While surfing the Internet recently I came across this CBC News article. The article, for those interested in the history of tobacco regulation and government in Canada, is very interesting. If you scroll all the way to the end of article, you’ll notice that the first regulation of tobacco started way back in 1908- when it became illegal to sell tobacco to those under the age of 16. As many now know, here in Canada, the legal age ranges between 18 and 19- depending on the province/territory. Sadly though, the next Act wasn’t passed again until 1988- THAT’S 80 YEARS before we really started to realize the dangers of smoking! The Acts that were passed, actually laid the groundwork for many of the laws and regulations that Canadians currently know. For example, tobacco sales were only allowed to individuals 18 years and older, tobacco advertising took a big hit, and companies had to put the first set of warning messages on their packages. Fast forward to 2010 when flavored cigarettes and cigars were becoming increasingly popular among youth and young adults. The Canadian government decided to ban both flavored cigarettes and cigarillos from sale.

What do you think about the progression of these tobacco laws?  What do you think will be the next laws instated? Let us know in the comments- just click on the blog title!

Article:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/07/29/f-smoking-laws-timeline.html

Picture from here: http://www.cigarettesflavours.com/cigarettes-flavors/72-caught-for-smoking-in-public-places/

Natalie

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