Canada - bill to ban flavored tobacco products gets final approval..

October 9, 2009 - Senate passes ban on flavored tobacco products.

A ban on flavored tobacco products will come into effect as early as July 2010. The Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act, which received royal assent (final approval) yesterday, will mean an immediate ban on advertising flavoured tobacco products in newspapers and magazines.

Flavoured cigars, known as cigarillos, blunt wraps and flavoured cigarettes, will come off store shelves as of July 5, 2010, and a ban at the manufacturer and importer level will come into effect April 6, 2010. The cigarillos, which come in a variety of candy flavors, including chocolate, grape and tropical punch, were criticized as being marketed to children and youth.

The bill passed the House of Commons unanimously in June with the backing of all three opposition parties.

Senate passes ban on flavoured tobacco
, Canwest News Service, 10/9/2009.

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