Alberta needs to clear the air around flavored tobacco legislation
I had my first cigarette in junior high school, started smoking regularly when I was about 16 or 17, and finally quit for good only a few years ago, after a long period of smoking just a couple of darts a day.
I know how tough it can be to quit, and how easy it is to start.
So I applaud efforts by the government to keep tobacco out of the hands of kids.
But it bothers me that the government also wants to tell adults how they can enjoy their tobacco.
The province of Alberta recently announced new legislation aimed at curbing tobacco use — purportedly among youth — including banning smoking in cars where kids are present, and provincial powers to enforce against illicit sales to teens
It also announced support for a private member’s bill to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.
The argument is that these are favored by youth, marketed toward youth and ought to be kept out of their hands.