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Friday, 03 May 2013 03:23

The Time to Protect Alberta Kids is NOW!

Dear Friends,

We have some great news!

On Monday May 6th, the Legislative Assembly is scheduled to debate a new bill to ban flavoured tobacco products. If passed, Bill 206—the Tobacco Reduction (Flavoured Tobacco) Amendment Act—will provide the Alberta government with the authority to ban flavoured tobacco products.

Bill 206 is presently at the critical "second reading" stage which is usually the make-or-break point in the development of new legislation. If the bill is approved at second reading by a simple majority of MLAs, it is very likely to be passed at the third and final reading.

We need your help to ensure that the bill is approved at second reading. We are asking all of our supporters to send a message to their MLA and urge them to support Bill 206. These messages illustrate that Albertans care about protecting kids from the predatory marketing practices of the tobacco industry and provide the MLAs with further motivation to support the bill.

Thanks to our new website, it has never been easier to send a message to your MLA! To send a message just click here and you will be directed to the "take action" page of our website. This page will provide you with further instructions as well as more background information to include in your message. You will also be able to select the MLA(s) that you would like to direct your message to. In the subject heading, please write "Please support Bill 206" to make your request very clear.

A recent survey of 4,500 Alberta schoolchildren revealed that almost two-thirds of youth tobacco users are using flavoured tobacco products. Fifty-thousand Alberta teens are current smokers and Alberta has failed to meet its youth tobacco reduction targets for the past several years.

In recent years, the tobacco companies have flooded the market with flavoured tobacco products and this is undoubtedly contributing to higher youth smoking rates. For more background on flavoured tobacco and the tobacco industry's predatory marketing practices, click here.

Please act NOW to protect kids from flavoured tobacco products and urge your MLA to support Bill 206.

We cannot allow tobacco companies to target youth with this deplorable marketing scheme.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important notice.


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