Canadian Cancer Society calls for federal ban on flavored cigars..

December 15, 2008 - Canadian Cancer Society calls for federal and provincial legislation to curb the use of tobacco products among Canadian youth, including banning flavored cigarillos.

For example Prime Time Little Cigars.

According to the 2006-07 Youth Smoking Survey, 35 percent of teenagers, in grades 10 to 12 have tried cigars, cigarillos and little cigars, with the majority being male.
The survey also revealed that 48 per cent of teenagers say they have tried cigarettes. The survey, funded by Health Canada, compiled statistics on teenage smoking habits from 71,000 students in grades 5 to 12 in 467 schools across Canada.

Health Canada reports that the sale of cigarillos has grown since 2001, when about 50,000 cigarillos were sold, to 80 million sold in 2006.

When is a cigar not a cigar? When it is a cigarette disguised to slip through an excise tax loophole - Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.

Reference: Cancer society calls for ban on cigarillos
Canwest News Service - The Windsor Star, 12/15/2008.

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