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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:47

Tougher tobacco laws protect Alberta’s children and youth

News Release issues by the Government of Alberta - November 7, 2013

The Redford government is listening to the experts by taking steps to prevent and reduce tobacco use among underage youth and limit children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

The government is planning to support private members legislation, Bill 206, which will prevent the sale of flavoured tobacco products. In addition, the government has introduced a new bill, the Tobacco Reduction Amendment Act, which, if passed,  will make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle in which minors are present and ban the use of tobacco-like products (such as waterpipes) in public places.

“Tobacco use has a significant impact on the health of the people of Alberta, and we must work hard to ensure that children and young people are not enticed into picking up this habit. Bill 33 and our support of Bill 206 will help us achieve our goal of limiting the harmful impacts that tobacco has on the wellbeing of our society and our health system.”  - Fred Horne, Minister of Health

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