Alberta teens have smoked 260,000 cigarettes today.

Alberta kids deserve better protection from tobacco

The tobacco industry treats Alberta youth like targets, but the Alberta government knows better. When they set goals for tobacco reduction, they know it’s about more than just a number--it’s about the lives of Alberta kids. Each one matters. They deserve better protection. Since the development of the renewed Alberta Tobacco Reduction Strategy in 2012, funding has dwindled, several components have not being implemented, and critical measures to protect Alberta youth from exposure to tobacco products remain unproclaimed and unenforced. Help us remind the Alberta government to stick to the goal; because it’s not just a target, it’s our kids’ future.

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Affordability

Cigarettes are more affordable for young people in Alberta than in any other Canadian province. Tobacco tax increases are the most effective means of reducing and preventing tobacco use – especially among youth.
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Tobacco Sales to Minors

Legislation restricting tobacco product sales to minors in Alberta has not been fully implemented and no enforcement body has been assigned to actively enforce the law. Alberta currently has the highest rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors of any province.
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Cannabis

The Alberta government is considering how to regulate cannabis in response to federal cannabis legalization. This process must take into consideration the strong association between cannabis and tobacco use and the potential for cannabis legalization to impact tobacco initiation and consumption.
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Waterpipe

In Alberta, for every five youths who report using cigarettes within the past 30 days, there are four youths who report smoking a waterpipe. The negative health effects of waterpipe use are comparable to cigarette smoking, yet its use remains unregulated in Alberta.
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Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are growing in use and popularity particularly among young people. While they may prove to help individuals quit smoking, their use among youth poses risk associated with nicotine addiction. How e-cigarettes are regulated will largely dictate whether they are a net benefit or a net harm to public health.
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Alberta Tobacco Reduction Strategy

The Alberta Tobacco Reduction Strategy has been widely applauded as an ambitious, comprehensive, evidence-based plan to reduce tobacco use in Alberta. However its funding has been substantially eroded and there is a lack of reporting, monitoring and evaluation. Unless it is fully funded and implemented, it is unlikely to reach its targets leaving many Alberta youth to pay the price.
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Health Equity

Tobacco use is a significant contributor to the health equity gap in Alberta. In order to reduce health inequities in Alberta, tobacco reduction must be a public policy priority with a focus on policies that are proven to decrease tobacco use among disadvantaged populations.
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This Year in Alberta

In 2017, the province will collect over a billion dollars in tobacco tax revenue. Imagine the impact we could have if we dedicated some of it to tobacco reduction.
25000

School-aged kids using tobacco

3000

Tobacco related deaths

470000000

Dollars in tobacco related health costs

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HEALTH GROUPS DEMAND FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF TOBACCO LEGISLATION FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF NEW CANNABIS LEGALIZATION FRAMEWORK

Health groups demand full implementation of tobacco legislation following the release of new cannabis legalization framework
Edmonton - Alberta health organizations

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HEALTH GROUPS DEMAND FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF TOBACCO LEGISLATION  FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF NEW CANNABIS LEGALIZATION FRAMEWORK

FOUR OUT OF FIVE ALBERTANS DON’T WANT TOBACCO LAW TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO CANNABIS LAW

Tobacco legislation stalled while cannabis regulations fast-tracked
Edmonton – A strong majority of Albertans want the provincial government to implement stalled

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FOUR OUT OF FIVE ALBERTANS DON’T WANT TOBACCO LAW TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO CANNABIS LAW

HEALTH COALITION URGES THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO STOP STALLING ON MEASURES TO PROTECT KIDS FROM TOBACCO

Tobacco laws shouldn’t take a back seat to new cannabis lawsEdmonton - A coalition of prominent health organizations gathered at

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HEALTH COALITION URGES THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO STOP STALLING  ON MEASURES TO PROTECT KIDS FROM TOBACCO

POLL REVEALS STRONG PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR REINVESTING TOBACCO TAXES

Edmonton – A recent online survey of 1,005 Albertans conducted by Leger Research reveals that 75 percent of respondents want

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POLL REVEALS STRONG PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR REINVESTING TOBACCO TAXES

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