Sask. health ministry considers ban on flavored tobacco
The Saskatchewan ministry of health says it's considering a ban on flavoured tobacco products after a recently released study revealed they're a favourite among teens across Canada.
"We're looking at this very closely, and wanting to move on this as quickly as possible, and we hope to see something in the next number of months," said Tim Macaulay who spoke for the ministry on Tuesday.
One of Macaulay's biggest concerns is the target audience of these products.
"Well, the immediate thought is, this is targetting youth," said Macaulay.
The flavored tobacco products are affordable and attractively packaged.
For example, the packaging of flavored cigars is brightly colored. They come in flavors like cherry, watermelon and grape.
"Kind of looks like a lip gloss or something. The package makes it look like that. Until you read the label and it says cigar," said Regina teen Usaid Siddiqui.