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TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND SMOKING
September 14, 2015
So they stick gruesome images on cigarette packs..?? Why not
pictures of obese children on McDonald's packaging..? Why not tortured animals
on cosmetics products..? Why not put the photos of the victims of drunken
drivers, on beer and wine bottles..? Why not teenagers on condom packages..? Why not pictures of dishonest, thieving
Politicians enjoying our money, on tax returns..?
The BC Government jacks the price up on tobacco sky high
trying to force you to quit, meanwhile people don't eat right so they can afford
Jacking the price up on
tobacco sky high, does nothing to solve the current Health Care cost crisis.
I for one live without vegetables, fruit, milk, meat so I can still afford to
smoke. I don't care that other people want me to quit smoking, I am not
going to quit smoking for other people!
Smokers are robbed twice!
We all know Tobacco robs people
of their lives. The BC Government knows it can rob people of their lives
to the governments advantage! (charging so much tax)
We have UNIVERSAL health care
in Canada. You cannot single out anybody and have them pay for treatment.
Everyone smoker or not, is
going to die and most will cost the health care system.
Lifestyle choices aside from smoking contribute to health problems and affect
health care costs.
Not doing something like exercise or getting regular check ups especially for
something like colon cancer - which is an entirely preventable cancer - will
affect the health care system.
The government is raking in billions in
cigarette taxes which is why they won't ban tobacco.
There is no excuse other than personal bias to single out smoking on any level.
“The B.C. decision will
demonstrate that the Government of Canada has known about the risks
associated with smoking for decades and that it instigated and
promoted the development and sale of lower-tar tobacco products,” he
said in a statement. ”It is only right that the Government of Canada
stand next to the tobacco industry in these cases and be accountable
for its role in the history of tobacco control strategy.”
THE BC GOVERNMENT COLLECTS
IN TOBACCO TAXES PER YEAR PREMIER CHRISTY CLARK SAID ON THE NEWS May 9,
2011, SO SHE IS GIVING SMOKERS FREE STOP SMOKING PATCHES, GUM, ETC.
Doesn't matter the cost of cigarettes, people will spend their
last dime for a smoke and we don't see people quitting until they want to quit,
Just because the BC Government makes it so expensive to smoke, doesn't mean a person
can just quit smoking!
How do you feel about government picking on tobacco addicts?
Heroin Addicts get free needles and Methadone, and smokers,
they have to pay more!
We all drive a vehicle and do more harm than anyone smoking,
but yet the government doesn't seemed too concerned with that, how about taxing the hell out of vehicles too then?
How about everyone quit driving their vehicle because vehicles
do more harm than cigarettes.
How would you feel being addicted to something like your
vehicle, but told you can't use it?
Are you going to quit driving, drive the same, or drive more?
I'd take a long drive just in case I wasn't allowed to go for
a drive anymore! How about you?
The BC Government treats addicts differently and are
If you are a pot addict the BC Government takes your pot and
throws you in jail.
If you are a heroin addict, you get free needles and methadone.
We have UNIVERSAL health care in Canada. You
cannot single out anybody and have them pay for treatment.
Outdoor smoking ban in Chilliwack goes into effect Oct.
by Jennifer Feinberg - Chilliwack
Progress - Sep 8, 2015
For the most part voluntary compliance with the new
Chilliwack outdoor smoking ban bylaw is expected, but
bylaw enforcement officers will have the discretion to
fine someone up to $500.
The biggest myth about the new ban on outdoor smoking in
public spaces is that people can no longer smoke
anywhere in Chilliwack at all.
They can always retreat to the privacy of their own
bathtub, noted Mayor Sharon Gaetz, who was trying to
bring a little levity to the subject before going over
the details of the new non-smoking bylaw at city hall at
the council meeting on Tuesday.
She was responding the flood of commentary on social
media about the recently approved Outdoor Public Spaces
Smoking Regulation bylaw — some of which didn't get the
"They seldom go to the source for information," she
Gaetz clarified that outdoor use of vaporizers or
e-cigarettes will also be prohibited under the new bylaw
in the specified areas, as well as pipes and hookahs.
"The whole issue came forward at first over concern
about the severe dryness of trails and risk that
cigarette smoking caused," she said.
There was a 200 per cent increase logged in the number
of bark mulch and grass fires recently.
One big complaint is people smoking near bus stops.
"They can however smoke if they move 10 metres away from
where people are waiting in line at a bus stop" the
For the most part voluntary compliance with the bylaw is
expected, but bylaw enforcement officers will have the
discretion to fine someone up to $500.
"If people persist with smoking, we must enforce the
bylaw," she said.
But education and awareness will roll out first on the
city website, and with new signage.
"If you see someone smoking in a public space, be
neighbourly and ask them gently and politely not to
smoke. That is what we're hoping will happen."
No smoking will be permitted within 15 metres of an
outdoor playground, playing field, spots venue, stadium
or sports facility, or on any land owned by City of
Chilliwack or School District 33, at a bus stop, park,
off-leash dog park, pool, or trail.
The new outdoor smoking regulation goes into effect on
October 1, 2015. All the details are together with a
frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide online at
by Castanet Staff | Story: 135873 -
Mar 23, 2015
The City of Kelowna has taken aim at E-cigarettes,
drones and geocaching during its latest round of
amendments to the Parks and Open Spaces bylaw.
Parks manager Ian Wilson presented those changes to
council Monday afternoon.
At the top of the list
was a change to the smoking bylaw to include electronic
cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to the list of banned smoking
materials and to expand the public spaces definition to
include areas around a public transit exchange bus
shelter or bus stop.
The issue of e-cigarettes was raised by Interior Health
in a letter to the city.
The letter asked the city to include the product as part
of its current cigarette ban.
"Concerns about the safety and efficiency of
e-cigarettes have prompted Health Canada, the World
Health Organization and the US Food and Drug
Administration to warn consumers against using them,"
said Dr. Trevor Cornell in the letter to the city.
Among other things, Cornell said the product may contain
toxic substances, there are no product safety standards,
no evidence base that they are an effective quit smoking
aid and may trigger cravings in youth who are trying to
"We commend the City of Kelowna for taking swift action
to adopt e-cigarette prohibition in the existing bylaw,"
Wilson added the city's regional transit department
received several complaints about smoking around bus
shelters prompting the addition of those areas as public
spaces allowing the bylaw to include those areas.
Ironically, Councillor Charlie Hodge who suffers from
emphysema came to the aid of smokers suggesting there be
a proper smoking area with downtown City Park.
"I am the last person in the world, especially with my
health condition, to be promoting smoking but I think
there are those that come to our city from out of
country who should not be made to feel like criminals
because they want a cigarette," said Hodge.
"There should be a
designated area somewhere in the park that is big enough
and I hope staff look at putting one in for the summer."
Hodge said he would bring that item up a later date to
be debated by the council as a whole.
The city amended several other portions of the bylaw,
New definitions around geocaching as well as specific
rules for geocaching in parks to prevent environmental
damage, reduce risks to geocache enthusiasts and to help
prevent confusion or concerns.
A prohibition on flying an unmanned aircraft or drones
in a park without a permit
The addition of 13 properties where it is now
permissible to walk a dog on-leash.
The addition of Priest Creek Linear Park as a designated
Wilson said banning non-permitted drones from flying
over city parks addresses both a privacy and safety
He also said a second water dog park is being
contemplated in the city.
At present the only park where dogs are permitted to go
in the lake is the nude beach at the end of Lakeshore.
"It's a complex issue but we do have a couple of
promising leads," said Wilson.
"The government campground...this year there is a
project on the books to demolish one of the old houses
there and that may be a potential site off Poplar Point.
But, we do want to do some neighbourhood engagement
before we go there."
All of the changes will come into effect once council
gives fourth and final reading within the next few
Castanet.net - by Contributed | Story:
116222 - May 30, 2014
I think people should pull their heads out of their
rears and look at all the positives that ecigs produce.
My wife has COPD and was near repertory collapse and I
have smoked for 38 years. After trying the government's
patch, gum and Chantix ideas I turned to juice and the
products to deliver it. We have not smoked in over two
months since starting this product.
Maybe the fact that ecigs work and will take millions of
tax dollars from the coffers that will eventually cause
people like "Brett" more tax dollars, while preventing
deaths, is more the issue.
Get the facts first. Kids or people in general don't
need "gateways" to using substances as they will make
those decisions on their own.
Talk to your kids and give them the facts. We all know
how the movie "Refer Madness" worked for the USA. Don't
cloud the issues with rhetoric.
minor issue over e-cigs
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story:
115788 - May 24, 2014
A Lake Country father is outraged that his 12-year-old
son was able to purchase an e-cigarette at a nearby
He says the e-cigarettes are dangerous, they promote
smoking in youth and stores should butt out the policy
of selling them to minors.
Brett (last name withheld to protect his son's identity)
was shocked when he found out about the purchase after
his son was suspended from school. He went down to the
store right away to ask them why they are selling them
“The owner had no problem with it, he compared it to
buying the old candy cigarettes to energy drinks and
that it was perfectly fine,” said Brett.
He went to the RCMP, the District and the school
principal to voice his concerns.
“You know at 12-years-old they are starting to explore
and ready for high-school next year and that means they
are out and about and can get their hands on these
things,” said Brett. “My concern is encouraging smoking
and other drugs and getting kids to want to try it.”
Brett says buying fake smokes is as easy as buying penny
“I feel it needs to be brought to the public's
attention. These things aren't regulated and they are
encouraging the idea of smoking,” says the upset dad. “I
wasn't an innocent teenager any more than anyone else
was, but I don't need someone encouraging it or making
it easier with this tool.”
The law allows the sales of non-nicotine e-cigarettes to
all ages, but BC’s Medical Health Officer Dr. Perry
Kendall wants that changed.
Dr. Kendall completely agrees with Brett and feels the
e-cigarettes are not safe for kids.
“The issue is if kids get used to these e-cigarettes and
are using them to puff away with pumpkin flavours or
toffee flavours or chocolate or whatever, they can also
very easily get nicotine to put in the devices,” said
“So what you have is kids that have gotten used to 'vaping'
the devices and it is very easy to switch to a nicotine
containing product and I don't think we need to run the
risk of encouraging or letting or permitting nicotine
addiction in young people.”
Gary Scott Holub, Media Relations Officer for the Public
Health Agency of Canada says that electronic cigarettes
with no nicotine and no health claims can be legally
sold in Canada and are subject to the Canada Consumer
Product Safety Act (CCPSA).
Under this act the the products do not require
authorization by Health Canada prior to being sold in
Canada, but he claims that the CCPSA requires that
companies who make the product ensure that they do not
pose a danger to human health or safety.
But Dr. Kendall doesn't buy it, he feels the
e-cigarettes do pose a risk.
“We really don't know what is in these cigarettes, some
of them do contain irritants, some of them do contain
carcinogens, some of them do contain metals. So, yes
they are likely less harmful than cigarettes, but it is
not good for kids to smoke these particulates into their
lungs,” said Kendall.
He knows that their contents have technically been
approved for all ingestion, but adds that they have
never actually been tested for inhalation and he says
those are very different things.
“You can have a spoonful of sugar in your stomach, that
is one thing, but if you are to inhale a spoonful of
sugar it is something else,” said Kendall. “There are a
bunch of studies that say the vapour does potentially
cause some adverse health affects, plus the contents of
the vapour are entirely unregulated and there is no
The Woodsdale Store in Winfield is where the kids bought
the e-cigs and Store Manager Chris Hagel says suppliers
have informed them they are totally harmless and safe
“If they are approved in the province how is it for us
to say who should or should not buy them?,” said Hagel.
“The vendor we get our e-cigarettes from said there is
nothing illegal in the e-cigarettes and they are legal
to sell to minors. Interior Health says they are fine,
they are CCPSA approved, there is no nicotine in them.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada adds that as it
stands only those containing nicotine are banned from
“E-cigarette products, including e-liquids, that contain
any amount of nicotine or have a health claim fall
within the scope of the Food and Drugs Act and require
approval by Health Canada before they can be imported,
advertised or sold in Canada and no such products have
been approved to date,” explained Holub.
“This means that currently, the advertisement and sale
of electronic cigarette products, including e-liquid,
that contain nicotine and/or have health claims is
non-compliant with the Food and Drugs Act, and is
Woodsdale Store is now looking at other options as Hagel
says the store was totally unaware of the issue until
some angry parents brought the issue up with the store
Friday morning. The store has decided to put its own
rules in place.
“As for the time being we are going to stop selling them
(to minors) because we didn't realize there was that big
of a problem with them, says Hagel”
Dr. Kendall believes the devices should not be sold to
anyone under the age of 19 and wants stores throughout
the province to join places like Shoppers Drug Mart who
restrict the sales to those underage.
Effective April 1, 2013, the tobacco tax rates are increased
21.3 cents per cigarette ($42.60 per carton of 200)
21.3 cents per gram of loose tobacco
90.5% of the taxable price of cigars to a maximum of $7 per cigar
Effective October 1, 2013, the tobacco tax rates are
22.3 cents per cigarette ($44.60 per carton of 200)
22.3 cents per gram of loose tobacco
No change to the tax rate on cigars
More information will be provided in a future notice.
A regular tub of tobacco consisting of 100grams (approx. 1
carton) will increase $1.00 between April and October 2013
While a carton of 200 cigarettes will increase $2.00 between April
and October 2013
I usually smoke 4 - 100gram tubs per month so my tax will increase
by $4.00 for loose tobacco.
I would usually smoke 4 cartons per month if I bought by the carton.
My tax increase would be $8.00 if I smoked by the carton.
group aims to help the West End butt out
Straight.com - By Carlito Pablo - May 30, 2013
Butthead is West End Cleanup’s appropriately named mascot.
Cigarette butts are found nearly everywhere. Thrown with hardly a
care, they’re scattered even in places where no one is supposed to
smoke, such as parks and beaches.
On June 16, a Vancouver experiment will test a proposed way to
reduce, if not eliminate, this most common form of litter in many
cities. Volunteers with West End Cleanup are going to buy butts. The
deal? One penny for each one turned in.
Although the trial was planned by WEC, a community-based group that
has been doing monthly neighbourhood cleanups since 2007, results
may validate what has been on Dr. Stuart Kreisman’s mind for some
Kreisman, an endocrinologist with St. Paul’s Hospital, believes that
a cigarette-butt refund could be as effective as the recycling
system in place for most beverage containers. “When was the last
time you saw a bottle littered?” Kreisman asked in a phone interview
with the Georgia Straight. “They’re gone. Somebody litters them and
they’re picked up a second later. So it will be the same thing with
Kreisman has proposed to the province a returnable deposit of one
dollar, paid on purchase, per pack of 20 cigarettes. The program
would refund the loonie upon return of the 20 butts, and it would
also pay people who didn’t purchase the smokes a penny for every
stub they pick up.
His principal concern about cigarette stubs is environmental in
nature: butts are nonbiodegradable, so they last a long time. They
also leach toxic chemicals that are harmful to certain marine and
As well, there is a human-health dimension to this. In a 2009
research paper titled “Cigarettes Butts and the Case for an
Environmental Policy on Hazardous Cigarette Waste” published in the
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,
California-based researchers proposed a ban on filtered cigarettes.
“Rather than being a protective health device, cigarette filters are
primarily a marketing tool to help sell ‘safe’ cigarettes,” the
authors stated. “They are perceived by much of the public
(especially current smokers) to reduce the health risks of smoking
through technology.” They noted that filters “actually may serve to
sustain smoking by making it seem less urgent for smokers to quit
and easier for children to initiate smoking because of reduced
irritation from early experimentation”.
Kreisman, who is also a UBC clinical assistant professor, suggested
as an untested hypothesis that having fewer butts around might have
“They keep seeing cigarette butts,” he said about people trying to
quit. “It keeps putting them in their mind: ‘I haven’t smoked yet.
I’m having withdrawal.’ But if they don’t see a cigarette butt, they
don’t think about it.”
It could also reduce smoking in places where lighting up is not
allowed. “You see a whole bunch of butts, you’re going to say, ‘Oh,
screw it. They did it; I’m going to do it too,’” Kreisman said. “But
if you don’t see any evidence that anybody else has broken the law,
then I think you’re less likely to break the law yourself.”
Kreisman has joined forces with WEC block captain John Merzetti and
other like-minded people from elsewhere in B.C. to form the ad hoc
Cigarette Deposit Committee.
WEC’s butt-buying experiment will utilize a $500 grant from the
Vancouver Foundation and will be administered by the local Gordon
Neighbourhood House. According to Merzetti, his group has been
pushing the city to do something about butts but only Green
councillor Adriane Carr has been receptive.
For Merzetti, imperfect smoking regulations have produced an
unintended result. “They forced people outside to smoke but didn’t
think policy through and put out ashtrays where people could butt
out their cigarettes,” Merzetti told the Straight by phone. “So we
have a situation now where butts are just piling up.”
West End Cleanup will have its butt-buying booth at Denman and
Barclay streets from noon to 6 p.m. on June 16, coinciding with the
neighbourhood’s car-free day. The group’s mascot, Butthead, will be
to fund nicotine replacement therapies to help smokers quit
Vancouver Sun - September 27, 2011
therapies will be available at no cost and smoking cessation
prescription drugs will be covered under PharmaCare beginning
Friday, Premier Christy Clark announced today.
"Each year, more than 6,000 British Columbian needlessly die from
tobacco use," Clark said in a news release.. "By providing
convenient and direct support, we are helping British Columbians
live smoke-free and improve their health as well as the health of
"By reducing the number of people who smoke, not only will we
prevent or delay the onset of diseases like heart attacks and cancer
but also avoid the millions of dollars cost on our health care
B.C. smokers who are covered by MSP and who wish to quit will be
able to receive free nicotine gum or patches either by mail or at
their local community pharmacy, once they receive a reference number
from HealthLink BC.
The release added that varenicline (Champix) and bupropion (Zyban)
will also be covered by B.C. PharmaCare beginning Sept. 30 and will
be available with a prescription. "The level of coverage will depend
on a person's PharmaCare plan," the release said.
Champix is sold under the name
Chantix in the United States, where the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration issued a warning in June of this year saying that
Chantix "may be associated with a small, increased risk of certain
cardiovascular adverse events in patients who have cardiovascular
But the FDA did say: "The absolute risk of cardiovascular adverse
events with Chantix, in relation to its efficacy, is small."
As well, in 2007 the FDA said it was evaluating reports on Chantix
related to changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal
thoughts, and attempted and completed suicide.
In 2008 the FDA said: "As FDA continues its review of the adverse
event reports, it appears
increasingly likely that there may be an association between Chantix
and serious mood and behavior symptoms."
Also in 2008, Health Canada posted this information on its web site:
"Since the introduction of Champix in Canada, in April 2007 through
April 30, 2008, a total of 226 Canadian cases of neuropsychiatric
adverse events have been reported. For the same time period, there
have been 708,534 prescriptions filled for Champix in Canada.
"Quitting smoking can also be associated with changes in mood and
behaviour, with or without taking medication to help quit. A doctor
or pharmacist should be consulted should these symptoms or those
described above be experienced, since guidance has been provided to
healthcare professionals on how to use Champix in patients,
including those patients who may also have mental health problems."
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun
protecting, says Jeremy Irons
By Jon Swaine, The Daily Telegraph - April 13,
Actor Jeremy Irons has become one of the most high profile critics
of attempts by Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, to improve
public health by banning smoking in city-owned open spaces.
Jeremy Irons has said that smokers deserve to be protected like
disabled people and children, in a scathing attack on New York's
laws restricting lighting up in public.
The veteran British actor has become one of the most high profile
critics of attempts by Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, to
improve public health by banning smoking in city-owned open spaces.
Earlier this year, Mr Bloomberg - himself a reformed smoker - pushed
through a law making it illegal to light up in 1,700 parks, public
squares and beaches, including Central Park and Times Square.
The ban, which carries a pounds 30 fine, came eight years after Mr
Bloomberg prohibited smoking in all of the city's bars and
restaurants. A similar indoors ban was imposed in Britain four years
Irons, 62, described the measures as "ludicrous and a terrible
bullying of a minority that cannot speak back". Smokers should be
protected like "handicapped people and children", he told an
interviewer for New York magazine. The National Organization on
Disability, described his comment as a "very inappropriate
© Copyright (c) The Daily Telegraph
hospital bans 'third-hand smoke'
Postmedia News - October 5, 2011
Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Louisiana is banning
third-hand smoke, which means no more smoke breaks for employees.
Smokers beware: The crusade that's seen you forced from bars,
restaurants, patios and parks is being ratcheted up another notch.
A hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, has told employees that it's
cracking down even further on smoking and its deadly health
consequences by trying to stamp out third-hand smoke.
Third-hand smoke is the term given to toxins that linger on people's
clothing and other fabric after they've had a cigarette. Those
toxins are especially dangerous for the developing brains of small
children, health officials contend.
The Town Talk website reported this week that the Christus St.
Frances Cabrini Hospital has notified all employees that, beginning
next summer, they won't be allowed to work if their clothes smell
like smoke. The policy extends a rule that's been in place for two
years for people who work in areas dedicated to women and children.
"It's really a combination of push from our patients and from our
associates who do not smoke and don't appreciate working with the
smoke smell," Lisa Lauve, administrator of Christus St. Frances
Cabrini Hospital, told the news site.
"If you are in a room or car where people usually smoke, even if
they aren't smoking right then, you are exposed to third-hand
smoke," explains an advisory on the Canadian Lung Association's
"This means you are exposed to toxic chemicals like lead and
arsenic," it says.
"Third-hand smoke also gets into household dust, which babies
swallow when they put their hands in their mouths. Babies take in
more third-hand smoke chemicals because they breathe more quickly
and because they spend more time on the floor. Babies can take in 20
times more third-hand smoke than adults."
© Copyright (c) Postmedia News
Smoking neighbour human-rights case moves forward in B.C.
The Province - Postmedia News - August 11, 2011
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal will hear the case of a woman who
claims her neighbour's smoking aggravated her asthma.
Photograph by: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubaz, REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubaz
VANCOUVER — A Surrey, B.C., woman who says her neighbour's cigarette
smoke wafts into her condo and triggers her asthma has won the right
to launch a human rights complaint.
Kathryn Arndt and her husband Douglas filed the complaint against
the Chelsea Gardens Strata Corp. and their neighbour, Maureen
Puffer. The Arndts say they asked Puffer not to smoke outside their
unit shortly after she moved in, in July 2009, and that Puffer
didn't butt out.
The couple says that, under the human rights code, they were
discriminated against "regarding an accommodation, service or
facility customarily available to the public because of their
physical disabilities," according to a statement by the B.C. Human
From July 2009 until July 2010 the Arndts made several complaints to
the strata council claiming that Puffer and her guests smoked on a
patio, in a parking area and in other places near their apartment.
Kathryn claims that on one occasion, the smoke triggered an asthma
attack so severe that she had to go to the hospital for treatment.
In June 2010, the strata determined that Puffer broke the bylaw
prohibiting "activities causing nuisance or hazard to others" and
fined her $25.
The strata and Puffer both filed applications to dismiss the case.
The tribunal granted Puffer's application, saying that she was not a
member of the strata and, therefore, not providing accommodations to
The strata's application was denied.
In the complaint, the Arndts said that Douglas "suffers from
post-polio syndrome" and is "patently in a weakened state of health"
and was also affected by the smoke. The tribunal dismissed his
complaint, saying there wasn't enough information to prove he had a
Kathryn Arndt and the strata will meet with a mediator in November
to attempt to resolve the issue.
Neither returned calls for comment.
© Copyright (c) The Province
B.C. quit-smoking plan attracts critics
Vernon Morning Star - By Tom Fletcher - BC Local
News - August 08, 2011
Photo of Premier Christy Clark and cancer survivor Denton Bailey
announce program to fund nicotine therapy starting Sept. 30.
B.C. government photo
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VICTORIA – B.C.'s plan to fund nicotine patches and gum for smokers
has been lauded by the Canadian Cancer Society and other health
organizations, but the program has its detractors.
Public feedback since the program was announced in May include a
variety of criticisms, according to documents released by Premier
Christy Clark's office under freedom of information legislation.
The program is set to start Sept. 30. It will provide people up to
12 weeks' supply of over-the-counter nicotine gum or patches, or
prescription pills approved by the Pharmacare program. The
government estimates it will cost $15-25 million a year, depending
on how many smokers sign up.
"As a physician, I am a bit ambivalent about your decision to fund
nicotine replacement, as along with the drug there is also need for
counselling and follow-up," said one response posted on B.C.'s new
open information website.
Others objected to the decision to spend millions on nicotine
replacement, while diabetics and other chronic disease patients have
to pay to treat conditions they did not bring upon themselves. A
Kelowna resident cited the example of treatment for his wife's sleep
apnea, including $100 a month in medicine and $2,000 for a machine
recommended by her family doctor and cardiologist.
"I honestly believe it is outright wrong to pay for this when
smokers made a choice to start smoking and continue to make a choice
every time they light up," he said.
A former smoker who quit before nicotine replacement was available
"I realize [nicotine replacement] is expensive, but so are
cigarettes," the ex-smoker wrote. "If a person is desirous of
quitting, then don't buy cigarettes, buy the patch instead."
Others urged the B.C. government to extend the program to cover
stop-smoking treatments that use lasers, acupuncture and other
treatments. Several hypnotherapists sent a form letter urging the
government to extend coverage to their form of smoking treatment.
The health ministry estimates that more than 6,000 B.C. residents
die from tobacco use each year. Tobacco-related illnesses cost an
estimated $2.3 billion a year, $605 million of which is direct
Vernon Morning Star - Okanagan Similkameen - July
Now that ex-smoker and letter writer Alli Graham has analyzed
smoking behaviour as “a crutch…, a destructive habit…, a deadly
habit/addiction”, and a behaviour from which she quit “cold turkey”
(yet it took 20 years to accomplish), I wonder why she is so down on
help for those who have a problem quitting the weed?
Although I agree that patches and gum should not be considered
suitable governmental aids for smokers, the inclusion of this group
of people free services to addicts would be a start. Like any addict
(alcoholics or drug addicts), smokers deserve to have help to give
up a behaviour that places them and their families at risk. Our
governments, after all, help to get them there by collecting huge
taxes from this poison and, within my lifetime, allowed advertising
to hook our kids.
All people deserve help with behaviours that have taken control of
them. The brain/reason alone does not do well with such addictions.
And yes, I smoked for 30 plus years, so I do understand both sides
of the story.
Dave Bosomworth, Vernon
Feds can't be dragged into suits against Big Tobacco: SCOC
The Canadian Press - Jul 29, 2011
OTTAWA (NEWS1130) - The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal
government can't be dragged into lawsuits against Big Tobacco.
Judges have ruled in the federal government's favour in two cases
that sought to force Ottawa to help foot the bills for smokers who
get sick. The court has unanimously sided with the federal
government in both.
One case involved a class-action suit against Imperial Tobacco by
smokers who said they were tricked into thinking so-called mild or
light cigarettes were less harmful than regular smokes.
The other concerned a lawsuit by the BC government against tobacco
companies to recoup billions of provincial health-care dollars spent
on treating smoking-related diseases.
This is a Native's sales receipt for tobacco and gas that was purchased April 3,
2011 at the Native store located on the reserve in Enderby BC. And while
your looking, check out the price of gas?? Wonder why Native Reserve gas
stations can sell gas so much cheaper than non-Native gas stations?
Everywhere else at this time the price of gas was approx. $1.23 per litre.
click receipt for larger copy
HOSPITALS ARE NOW HELPING TO KILL PEOPLE WHO HAVE
TO CROSS BUSY HIGHWAYS WITH IV ATTACHED TO BE ABLE TO GO HAVE A FRIGGEN SMOKE.
HOW CRUEL AND STUPID IS THAT??
HOSPITALS SHOULD HAVE A SMOKING SECTION
click article to read larger print
uncovers why smokers gain weight when they quit
Science: Nicotine Decreases Food Intake Through Activation of
By: The Associated Press
Date: Friday Jun. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON — Scientists say they've finally discovered why
smokers tend to gain some weight when they kick the habit.
It turns out that nicotine can rev up brain cells that normally
signal people to stop eating when they're full, researchers
report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
The weight connection isn't huge: On average, quitters gain less
than 10 pounds. Still, it's a worry that many smokers cite when
asked why they don't try to quit. Now the question is whether
the discovery might lead to better treatments to help them quit
without worrying about weight.
Yale University associate research scientist Yann Mineur
stumbled onto the connection while studying a nicotine-related
substance in mice — and the animals suddenly started eating
Nicotine hooks onto a variety of receptors, or docking sites, on
the surface of cells. That's how it triggers addiction in one
part of the brain.
But when it comes to weight, the Yale research found that both
nicotine and the related drug cytisine were activating a
different receptor than the one involved in addiction. This one
is located on a small set of neurons in the hypothalamus, a
region that regulates appetite.
When they gave nicotine to mice without that cellular pathway,
it didn't help them lose weight like it did normal mice.
Smoking causes cancer, heart attacks and a host of other
ailments so worry about modest weight gain shouldn't deter
someone from quitting. But smokers who do have that concern
should try nicotine-based smoking-cessation treatments, said
study senior author Marina Picciotto, a Yale professor of
psychiatry and neurobiology.
The other drug used in the mouse experiments, cytisine, is sold
in Eastern Europe for smoking cessation but not in the U.S., and
she'd like to see if there's data on the weight of smokers
abroad who've used it.
Developing a drug to target only these specific receptors would
be difficult, she cautions, because they're also involved in the
body's stress responses in ways that could lead to such side
effects as high blood pressure.
Vicki Morell, Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the
Canadian Clean Air Alliance was recently published in the June 2011
Kicker newsletter on page 14.
Residential Wood Smoke Pollution
is a burning issue...
Whether it is from a forest fire, agriculture burn, fire pit,
backyard burning or residential wood burning appliance, old or
new, they all have one thing in common, they all emit toxic
Like cigarette smoke, residential wood smoke contains
hundreds of dangerous air pollutants, gases and fine
particulates that can cause cancer and other serious health
problems such as: blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, lung
disease like asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and bronchitis;
irritation of the lungs, throat, sinuses and eyes; headaches;
allergenic reactions; increased hospital admissions and even
The particles in wood smoke are too small to be filtered by
the nose and upper respiratory system, so they wind up deep in
the lungs and act as vectors for bacteria, toxins and virus.
Wood smoke is more than a nuisance,
smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than
Wood smoke contains hundreds of dangerous air pollutants and
gases such as:
Particulate Matter 2.5
PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
and many other harmful substances.
Most people do not report wood smoke pollution instead they
suffer in silence thinking that it is only a nuisance not
realizing that it is a severe health hazard. Residential Wood
Smoke Pollution (RWSP) makes people sick and kills many.
The American Environment Protection Agency estimates that the
lifetime cancer risk from wood smoke is 12 times greater than
that from an equal volume of second hand cigarette smoke. (The
Health Effects of Wood Smoke, Washington State Department of
Ecology); Studies show that people who heat their homes with
wood have more respiratory problems than those who don’t.
Smoke particles also invade neighbouring homes. Research
shows that children in wood burning neighbourhoods are more
likely to have lung and breathing problems. (From Focus on Wood
Smoke Pollution - Washington State Department Of Ecology).
Is it not time to take this chronic, severe form of Air
Pollution seriously and protect the health of everyone? Why is
it that all levels of government have chosen not to inform the
public about this deadly form of Air Pollution? Burning is an
option... breathing is not!
Vicki Morell, Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the
Canadian Clean Air Alliance
Vicki Morell Vancouver BC, Canada
Burning is an option... breathing is not!
Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Clean
"A breath of fresh air - for all generations
B.C. smokers offered free patches, gum
Vernon Morning Star - By Tom Fletcher - BC Local News - May 09, 2011
B.C. smokers who want to quit can get 12 weeks worth of nicotine gum
or patches starting in September.
Premier Christy Clark announced the program in Vancouver Monday,
making good on another one of the promises made in her campaign for
the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.
The program will cover prescription anti-smoking therapies through
PharmaCare. The government estimates it will cost between $15
million and $25 million annually, depending on how many smokers take
advantage of it.
The B.C. health ministry estimates that 6,000 people die each year
from cancer, heart disease and other smoking-related illness. The
cost to the B.C. economy is approximately $2.3 billion annually,
including $605 million for direct health-care costs.
Clark said the province also collects $682 million in revenue from
tobacco taxes, and some of that should be used to help people break
their tobacco addiction.
The health ministry will work withthe B.C. Lung Association, the
Heart & Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, the Canadian Cancer
Society, B.C. Pharmacy Association, pharmaceutical manufacturers,
health authorities and the B.C. Medical Association on the method to
implement the program.
"Quitting cold turkey can be tough, and quit smoking aids can help
people not only quit but also prevent them having a relapse and
starting to smoke again," said Scott McDonald, CEO of the B.C. Lung
Chief fights Alberta over seizure of 16M cigarettes
Edmontonjournal.com - Kirsten Goruk, Postmedia
News: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Montana First Nations Band Councillor Carolyn Buffalo
Photo Credit: Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal
Natives file suit to get tobacco returned
EDMONTON — An Alberta aboriginal chief is among four people facing
charges after the seizure of what authorities are calling the
province’s largest haul yet of contraband tobacco.
But the seizure is proving controversial and is setting up a legal
battle between the aboriginal interests from Alberta, Ontario and
Quebec, on one side, and the Alberta’s liquor and gaming authority,
on the other.
Chief Carolyn Buffalo’s Montana First Nation — in Hobbema, Alta.,
south of Edmonton — and an aboriginal tobacco company based out of
Kahnawake, a Mohawk community outside Montreal, are fighting the
charges, which have been laid under the Tobacco Tax Act.
They say the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has no
jurisdiction over the matter, and they’ve filed a lawsuit, demanding
the return of the nearly 16 million seized cigarettes.
Buffalo and the three other accused will appear in provincial court
in Wetaskiwin, Alta., on June 23.
The charges date back to January, when Alberta Gaming and Liquor
Commission investigators say they found cartons containing nearly 16
million cigarettes in a storage shed on the Montana First Nation,
worth roughly $3 million in lost taxes to the province.
Lawyer Chady Moustarah, who represents both Buffalo and Dickson,
said his clients are frustrated at being charged under the
provincial Tobacco Tax Act.
“They’re shocked that the (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission)
actually proceeded to charge them,” Moustarah said.
Buffalo was suspended by her band in January, following the
cigarette seizure, but fought the suspension in court and was
reinstated on April 5.
Robbie Dickson, one of the others facing charges, is a partner with
Rainbow Tobacco, a company based out of Kahnawake, a Mohawk
community southwest of Montreal. According to the company’s website,
they are licensed by the Canada Revenue Agency to sell tobacco
products on native reserves and territories.
The company currently sells its cigarettes on reserves in Ontario
and Quebec and last year began to expand the business to Western
The lawyer said Jason Lucas, another accused, is an
Edmonton business owner, while Dwayne Ouimet, the final person
facing charges, is also involved with Rainbow Tobacco.
In February, the Montana First Nation, Buffalo and Rainbow Tobacco,
filed a lawsuit against the gaming and liquor commission. The suit
alleges the commission defamed them and demands the cigarettes be
Moustarah said their defence against the charges will be the same as
the one used for the lawsuit.
“Essentially they don’t have jurisdiction to
enforce the provincial tax act on the aboriginal people and
aboriginal lands,” he said.
The lawyer also said the recent charges won’t affect Buffalo’s
ability to oversee the Montana First Nation.
“It can’t be any worse than what the affect was when they seized the
tobacco. Originally they were making claims of sinister and criminal
activity. Those issues have been cleared,” he said.
Jason Lucas and Dwayne Ouimet face charges under the Tobacco Tax Act
for illegally importing cigarettes for resale.
The chief, Dickson and Ouimet are also charged with two counts each
of illegally storing cigarettes not marked for sale.
The maximum penalty for convictions under the charges is a fine of
$25,000, six months in prison or both. Those convicted could also
face additional fines as high as three times the tax.
Alberta Finance Minister Lloyd Snelgrove would not comment on the
charges because they are now before the courts.
kgoruk "at" edmontonjournal.com
© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal
Natives file suit to get tobacco returned
Nathan Liewicki, Edmonton Journal: Saturday,
February 19, 2011
EDMONTON — The Montana First Nation, Chief Carolyn Buffalo and
Rainbow Tobacco G.P. filed a joint $1.5-million lawsuit Friday
against the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, after it seized
75,000 cartons of cigarettes on the reserve in January.
The lawsuit alleges the AGLC defamed the three and demands the
seized tobacco be returned to the Montana First Nation.
"Unfortunately, at this time, I am not able to comment on the
lawsuit now that the matter is before the courts," AGLC spokeswoman
Lynn Hutchings-Mah said.
Hobbema RCMP came across the 14 million cigarettes after Buffalo
phoned them, saying there was a break-in at a Quonset hut on the
reserve. The AGLC was notified and on Jan. 5 seized the cigarettes.
"The cigarettes are considered evidence in an ongoing investigation
and what happens to them will be determined at a later date,"
The AGLC maintains that the cigarettes did not bear the necessary
provincial marking needed to sell tobacco in Alberta, which is a
violation of the Tobacco Tax Act. The commission earlier said the
cigarettes represented a potential $3 million loss in tax revenue
Buffalo was unable to be reached for comment.
The lawsuit alleges the AGLC's seizure of the
cigarettes has "inhibited the economic development" of Montana First
Nation and taken away the opportunity to earn a livelihood. The
lawsuit also claims that the commission and province lacked the
jurisdiction to enter the reserve and that the cigarettes were
exempt from taxation.
Montana First Nation is about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton.
Big Tobacco wins partial victory in Canadian Court
Canadian Press reported earlier today that Ottawa has been drawn
back into a massive health-care recovery lawsuit after the British
Columbia Court of Appeal ruled it may share blame with tobacco
companies for smoking-related health costs.
The decision handed down earlier tiday only gives the tobacco
companies a very narrow opening to have the federal government share
financial responsibility. But it sets a precedent for similar cases
proceeding in provincial lawsuits underway in Newfoundland, Quebec
and New Brunswick, where big tobacco is also seeking to involve the
In March 2008, the companies petitioned the British Columbia Supreme
Court to add Ottawa as a third party defendant.They argued that
Ottawa should be liable right along with them if they are legally
compelled to repay health-care costs to the province for
The B.C. Supreme Court ruled against them, but on Tuesday three of
five appeal court justices allowed the appeal “in part.” The court
ruled that Ottawa may now be held liable when the case goes to trial
in September 2011. At issue will be the federal government’s role in
designing some tobacco strains, as well as its conduct around
warning consumers of tobacco risks.
A spokesman for Imperial Tobacco Canada, one of the companies named
in the suit, said on Tuesday the company is pleased with the ruling.
Donald McCarty said the ruling will open the door for the record to
be set straight about Ottawa’s role as a “senior partner” in the
tobacco industry. “The B.C. decision will
demonstrate that the Government of Canada has known about the risks
associated with smoking for decades and that it instigated and
promoted the development and sale of lower-tar tobacco products,” he
said in a statement.”It is only right that the Government of Canada
stand next to the tobacco industry in these cases and be accountable
for its role in the history of tobacco control strategy.”
Health advocates took a different view of the ruling. A preferable
outcome would have been having Ottawa removed from the case
altogether, said Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst with the
Canadian Cancer Society.”But the most important thing, in our view,
is we get this case to trial,” he said from Ottawa. “We need this
trial to happen.”
British Columbia was the first province to launch legal action
against tobacco companies, filing suit in 2001 to recover billions
of dollars spent through the health-care system on treating
smoking-related disease.Other provinces watched closely and six –
Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, New
Brunswick, Saskatchewan – have now passed or are in the process of
passing legislation that will pave the way for suits meant to recoup
The B.C. Court of Appeal also ruled Tuesday that Ottawa similarly
may share blame as a third party in a separate but related
class-action suit against tobacco companies seeking to recover money
spent by smokers on cigarettes deemed “light” and “mild.”
Why can't I buy a pack of smokes without
Government is the sole regulator of the sale and supply of tobacco products in
Who is the bad guy here?? Why isn't the BC Government just as much to blame
about the harmful effects of tobacco, as the tobacco companies?
The BC Government knows full well all the
harmful additives in Tobacco but yet the BC Government permits these additives
and then picks on the addict by jacking up the price to boot!
So why is
the BC Government not prosecuted??
If marijuana is so bad and its illegal, why isn't
tobacco smoke which contains over 4,000 different chemicals that are formed when
tobacco burns. At least 60 of these are known to be cancer causing.
Here is some
evidence the Canadian Government knows tobacco smoke is
bad and kills people.
Cigarettes contain six significant chemicals
Tar and Nicotine
Anyone wanna go in on a class action lawsuit,
fill out the
form to contact us and lets talk?
Merchant Law will take on Class Action Lawsuits,
and already have a tobacco related class action lawsuit in the works.
Take a look how many class action lawsuits they have taken
So far two people have signed up for the class action
lawsuit. Don't miss out!
The lawsuit states:
That an unreasonable tax is applied to smokers
compared to others who are just as hard on health care expenses.
For more information
All smokeless tobacco products studied were found
to contain cancer-causing chemicals and to be toxic products.
Health Canada considers that their use can cause harmful health effects.
The availability of cheaper cigarettes has raised concerns about their impact on
public health. Evidence has shown that
"individuals have switched to lower-priced discount brands rather than quitting
smoking or decreasing the number of cigarettes smoked."1
Feb 24, 2011
$39.00 for a can of loose tobacco plus about $4.00 for the
tubes, compared to about $75.00 now for a carton of
rolled cigarettes, which one do you think people can more afford?
These prices are before the 12% HST by the way!
February 1, 2011 all beaches, parks, trails and recreation
areas in Kelowna will be going smoke free.
Below are the results when we looked at the
Poll on Jan 20, 2011 right after the 5:50pm news story about smoking.
Do you agree with the City of Kelowna's smoking ban?
61.9% said ban smoking
38.1% said don't ban smoking
I don't care what Government says about
light cigarettes being just as strong as
regular cigarettes, would my lungs lie to me... especially after having to
roll my own now! Can't afford pre-rolled anymore, not since the HST came
I don't think I will ever quit smoking now, because I wanna get my money's
$10.00 per Carton of Cigarettes
WARNING! only look at the photos
below if you are of age to smoke LOL
Sheriff Full Flavour Cigarettes from the Duty Free Store at the Canada/U.S.A. Border
was $10.00 per carton (10 packages)... don't be confused ... its NOT $10.00 per
package like it
is in B.C.
click image for a larger photo you can read more easily
Why can I drive down to the Canada/US border where I can buy a carton of
cigarettes for $10.00, but if I drive down to the corner store where I live, its
$10.00 per package?
$10 RECEIPT FOR THESE SHERIFF CIGARETTES
AND $11.00 RECEIPT PER
CONTAINER FOR CLASSIC CANADIAN LOOSE TOBACCO AT THE USA/CANADA
BORDER DUTY FREE STORE FEBRUARY 2011
click receipt for larger copy.
I would like to thank the HST for all the
burn marks I have in my clothes and on
the floor now, due to not being able to afford pre-rolled
cigarettes anymore, and being bullied by adults into rolling my own cigarettes.
BIG FAT THANK YOU TO THE BC GOVERNMENT FOR THAT!
Only $11.00 per container of Tobacco at the CANADA/USA BORDER Duty Free Store
WARNING! only look at the photos
below if you are of age to smoke LOL
SEE FEBRUARY 2011 RECEIPT ABOVE THAT SHOWS THE
COST IS $11.00 for each container of Classic Canadian Tobacco at the
U.S.A./Canada Border from the Duty Free Store
If a person ain't taxed for risking his life
mountain climbing, why am I taxed for risking my life smoking?
Sports injuries are no accident!
What's cheaper, smoking or buying a few new wardrobes as I balloon to 500 lbs.?
Smoking ban in parks is not an issue for the City of Vernon,
B.C. according to this newspaper article in the Vernon Morning Star dated Feb
We like the comment in the article, that smokers should have rights too.
Why can't a portion of a beach or park be designated a smoking area, somewhere,
if a smoking ban were contemplated? Why do non-smokers have to claim the
entire park or beach as their own? If there are too many butts on the
beach, maybe its because there are no ashtrays on the beach. Should people
put their butts in the garbage can to catch fire?
We think the City of Vernon did the right thing compared to the City of Kelowna
who banned smoking in its Parks and on its beaches.
The City of Kelowna took smokers rights away from them banning them from some of
the smaller parks completely and not implementing smoking sections at parks
smaller than 15 hectares. How many hectares do non-smokers need to be away
from a cigarette anyway!!! And do these same non-smokers drive a vehicle
polluting the air that this smoker breathes .. how about we ban these
complainers from driving (heaven forbid they breath exhaust fumes you would
think), because car exhaust fumes are way more harmful than a cigarette could
We feel this article below from the Vernon Morning Star is a good example of
people that want their own way, even when it means trampling on the rights of
others! We need to share the park and beach, stupid! Vernon Council
did the right thing!
JUST HOW FAR WILL SOME NUT CASES GO??
THIS IS JUST HOW FAR SOME NUT CASES WILL GO! READ THE ARTICLE BELOW!
OUTTA SIGHT OUTTA MIND ... REALLY OUT OF MIND!
This is not about non-smokers health or rights at all ... its about non-smokers
trying to control people who smoke ... but its none of non-smokers business if
people smoke, because cigarettes are not illegal ... just like it ain't anyone's
business if someone wants to be fat and overeat.
Maybe they like food as much as some people like cigarettes!
Maybe we should tax food higher than we do for people who are fat? Is that what
we should do ... NOT!
This is adult bullying at its finest! If cigarettes are
so bad then why are they not illegal???
If cigarettes were illegal, we would need more police and more
Some people think that is the answer ... NOT!
B.C. group calls for restricted ratings for movies featuring smoking
Straight.com - By Yolande Cole, February 19, 2011
A B.C. group wants to see films featuring tobacco use given a
restricted rating to help prevent smoking among young people.
Smoke Free Movies BC is gathering support for a petition that
recommends new movies featuring smoking be given an R rating.
“We really believe that the way to stop people smoking is to have
one generation not start, and that will strangle tobacco,” organizer
Pamela McColl told the Straight in a phone interview.
“The money behind tobacco is immense, and the only way to compete
with this is to get kids to think it’s vile that movies are
promoting smoking to them, which is going to rob them of their
health and steal their money from them over a lifetime.”
Locals and organizations endorsing the campaign include Leonard
Schein, the president of Festival Cinemas, Patricia Daly, the Chief
Medical Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, the Canadian Cancer
Society and the B.C. Lung Association.
The petition is based on recommendations made by the World Health
Organization and by a Physicians for Smoke-Free Canada study
released in August 2010.
According to the study, about 300,000 high-school aged children in
Canada are smokers. They estimate about 130,000 of these youth began
smoking as a result of exposure to on-screen tobacco use.
McColl said youth in Canada are exposed to tobacco images in films
60 percent more than Americans, due to the film rating system used
The recommendations call for new movies to be classified with an R
rating, except for when tobacco “clearly and unambiguously reflects
the dangers and consequences of tobacco use” or when it’s necessary
to represent smoking by a historical figure, and to strengthen the
home video rating scheme for films featuring smoking.
The group is also pushing to require movie producers to indicate on
screen that no one involved in the film received anything of value
in exchange for displaying tobacco, to require strong anti-smoking
ads at the beginning of any movie with tobacco use ,and to bar
public subsidies to youth-rated films featuring tobacco use.
“We think that Canadian governments can take steps to help protect
our younger generation and protect our smoking rates from increasing
among these young people in British Columbia,” said Christina
Tonella, the regional manager of tobacco reduction for Vancouver
Coastal Health. “We’ve really enhanced our smoking bylaws, we’ve
done all these things for de-normalization – I think this is really
the missing link now.”
Schein, who manages a number of Vancouver theatres including the
Fifth Avenue Cinemas, said the goal of the campaign is to encourage
movie producers to avoid featuring smoking in movies.
“I think young people in particular get influenced by role models,
[such] as actors and actresses in movies, and smoking is still the
number one cause of cancer, and I think young people just don’t
think about what may occur to their body years from now,” said
Schein said he doesn’t think implementing more restricted ratings
would impact attendance at theatres like his, where he noted the
vast majority of their audience is already over 18.
“Restricted rating means a parent or an adult can take someone under
18 to a movie, so it’s not stopping people from going to the movies,
it’s not censoring movies, it’s giving information the way we have
ratings on all sorts of things,” he said.
But the owner and general manager of the Rio Theatre, Corinne Lea,
sees an R rating is too extreme.
“I think it’s good for the parents to be informed, so people know
this film contains smoking – that I’m totally fine with, and then
people have the choice,” she said. “But rated R I think is way too
Lea speculated that music videos and television also have a high
impact on young people.
“I think they’re more influenced by musicians and music than they
are movies, and I think it’s something that comes more from their
peers,” said Lea. “What are they going to do about television - is
TV going to have no smoking on it?”
The Smoke Free Movies BC campaign is based on an initiative in the
United States led by Stanton Glantz, the director of the San
Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the
University of California. A similar campaign was launched in Ontario
in May 2010.
The B.C. campaign coincides with what Smoke Free Movies is calling
World Action week on the issue from February 20 – 27.
Councils off mark on smoking
Vernon Morning Star - February 15, 2011
What do local politicians consider a priority if health and the
environment don’t make the list?
On Monday, there wasn’t even a peep uttered when a request for
smoke-free zones at outdoor public places went before Vernon
council. The only action was to receive a letter and move on to the
next agenda topic.
“I respect that second-hand smoke has health implications, but it’s
not an issue at this time that we need to place as a priority,” said
Coun. Buffy Baumbrough after the meeting.
So when does second-hand smoke become an issue to address - when
cancer rates climb, when children are gasping for air in a cloud of
Coun. Jack Gilroy’s argument for doing nothing was “people (smokers)
have civil rights.” Gilroy’s point is valid but they don’t have the
right to litter and that’s what happens every time they toss butts
on the ground. That nasty habit wastes considerable resources as
civic workers must clean butts up.
Now at least the issue of second-hand smoking in parks and beaches
is being investigated further in Coldstream. But even there, some
elected officials are off the mark.
“How can it be enforced? To make bylaws is one thing but are you
actually going to start slapping people with fines?” said Mayor Jim
But the reality is that all jurisdictions have bylaws that aren’t
enforced regularly, but they are in place if required. Among them is
not allowing alcohol in parks, so why would smoking be treated
It is time that elected officials start taking action and doing what
is right for the majority of their residents.
No plans to boost anti-smoking regulations
Summerland Review - By Wolf Depner - October 27,
Summerland has no immediate plans to
follow its northern and southern neighbours in passing tougher
“It’s not on the radar here at this point,” says Don DeGagne, chief
This comment comes after Kelowna and Penticton passed a number of
different measures to limit, if not ban smoking public places, such
as beaches and parks.
Kelowna council last week finalized measures that will ban smoking
in all “natural” areas including beaches and parks except for
designated smoking pit areas.
The bylaw will come into effect next February as Kelowna stands
among 39 municipalities in British Columbia that have passed some
form of anti-smoking bylaw.
Vancouver ranks among the most prominent communities that have
passed anti-smoking regulations.
Concerns driving such measures include the reported effects of
second-hand smoke on public health and desires for a cleaner
Similar arguments also entered the public domain when Penticton
considered but ultimately rejected a full ban.
The city has instead launched a public education campaign designed
to curb smoking on area beaches after the city had received
complaints about second-hand smoke and cigarette butts littering
District officials, including councillors and staff, are aware of
these issues and the steps which other communities have taken, says
DeGange. But this awareness has not yet lead to any formal talks, he
DeGagne speculates that a majority of Summerlanders would “probably”
support tougher measures to curb smoking in public areas.
But he is not aware of any voices calling for such steps. Tougher
regulations would also raise concerns about government intrusion, he
Asked about whether Summerland might risk falling out of step with
its neighbours, DeGagne says he does not think so.
“There’s a lot of differences between communities,” he says.
Generally, support for tougher anti-smoking measures has reached
seemingly high measures. Kelowna officials citing recent studies say
75 per cent of Canadians favour smoke free beaches and parks. Even
68 per cent of smokers favour such a ban.
But this philosophical support does not make it more practical.
Opponents of bans in other cities have expressed concerns about
being singled out.
Rael Schaeffer told the Kelowna Capital News in September that he
believes that smokers are being persecuted for their addictions.
“If somebody wants to smoke, they should be able to smoke,” he says.
Setting aside libertarian concerns, smoking ban critics also wonder
whether such a step is even enforceable, a point made during the
debate in Penticton earlier this year.
Coun. John Vassilaki, a non-smoker, said at the time a ban will not
stop people from smoking.
“Smoking is an addictive drug and you can put up a 1,000 signs along
both beaches that ain’t going to stop smokers from smoking or from
putting their butts out on the sand,” he said.
“I will be voting against the motion (to discourage smoking on
beaches) just for the reason that we are micromanaging people to the
extent that it is unbearable.”
A carton of cigarettes (10 packages) last an average smoker about 1
week or maybe a little more.
We know one person who had to quit smoking due to the
cost, and is now purging to try and stay slim because when they don't smoke they
Somehow not smoking and being depressed about being fat is better than being a
smoker and thinner and being happier???
I beg to differ!
I will never forgive the people who forced me to quit smoking because I am not
as rich as others.
I wish I could come and just take the cake out of fatty's mouth, like the
cigarettes are ripped from my lips, if fatty thinks I should quit smoking.
People have their opinion about smoking, just wish
they'd let me have mine!
BC Tobacco Tax Rates Feb. 2009
BC Tobacco Tax Rates March 2010
BC Tobacco Tax Rates October 2010
$37.00 tax per per carton of 200 cigarettes, or
18.5 cents per cigarette it says in the Oct 2010 BC Provincial tax bulletin at the link above.
Then there is HST on top of that, and then the
tax that the Federal Government gets too.
Tobacco Tax Bulletins, Notices and Legislation
Tobacco Act (1997, c. 13)
Food & Drugs Act and Regulations
and Substances Act
Narcotic Control Regulations
Kelowna's no smoking bylaw faces setback through budget
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels -
December 16, 2010
Leaner times pose a risk to the city’s ability to follow through
with the new bylaw that mandates smokers butt out in public
parks and beaches.
During the course of Thursday’s budget deliberations, city
councillors passed by an opportunity to fund a plan to put up
‘no smoking’ signs in public spaces.
It would have cost about $22,000 to put the markers in local
parks, beaches and sports fields.
Funding would also be used for additional advertising and
education to the public regarding the new rules.
Now, without the markers, the practicality of the bylaw comes
“This makes it difficult to enforce,” said Ian Wilson, from the
city’s parks department, noting the bylaw comes into effect by
“It’s a tough year, so I’m following up with the Canadian Cancer
Society to see if we can get matching funds.
“City council is still interested in following through with the
Council voted in September to pass the bylaw that prohibits
smoking in nearly all public places, as the follow up to 2009’s
bylaw that banned smoking in “natural spaces” where a fire
hazard could be discerned.
At that time Wilson said a nationwide survey supported
initiatives that would extend a ban.
In it, 75 per cent of Canadians claimed they favoured smoke free
beaches and parks.
About 68 per cent of smokers were even on-board with the idea.
Comment by Bob1
A national survey that only 126 people responded to .lets not
use misleading imformation to promote your personal agenda mr
wilson. kelowna relies on tourists from around the globe and
city council is literaly destroying our industry. Canada is not
a police state and can not ban legal activities. You can,t even
police pot smokers. an illegal activity. this stupid ban coupled
with drinking laws will leave our younger people no choice
except to socialize in the surrounding forest. Now you will have
bush partys that will definetly lead to major forest fires. At
least these persons were in an area or bar which could be
controlled . This past year people that were forced to stay in
kelowna due to lack of rooms in penticton , travelled every day
to enjoy these freedoms and waterfront activities in penticton .
while the lake at kelowna hasn,t been this empty for over 15
years. Except for some idiots that want to race around without
any reguard for safety or consideration for others. most
tourists put in thier boats and and took thier money to a more
tourist friendly area.
Do you see government taxing the hell out of tobacco smoking
addicts and taking advantage (no we are not talking the cigarette
brand "Advantage") of some of BC's most vulnerable?
Do you see how the BC government will kick an addict in the butt, literally!
Gee that is the way to cure an addict, make them even more broke than they
Or better yet don't allow them to smoke by jacking the price of cigarettes up so
high that cigarettes are unaffordable.
I could have bought a house with the money I spent on tax charged for cigarettes
over the 35 years I have been smoking.
Did you know an addict will find some way to fund their addiction, maybe not
eating right and going without other necessities.
They may roll their own which is even worse, because roll your own are usually
stronger and may not have a filter.
How the cost of healthcare rises is not just from smoking, its not eating right that kills!
You just watch how many people will get sick now. It is government making
them sick with taxes!
The more tax applied, the more some people smoke because they are unhappy being
The more tax applied the more people like me will quit and get fat instead.
An addict is an addict is an addict and the addict has to find something they
like as much or better than their addiction in order to switch to a different
addiction. For me its eating.
The more someone doesn't feel very good about themselves, the more apt they are
to stay smoking due to money problems.
The higher the price of cigarettes rise the angrier I get at people's insanity
and the more I can't forgive.
No, the government doesn't think of any of this!
Man stabbed in Rutland after request for cigarette denied
Kelowna Capital News - November 04, 2010
A man is recovering from a stab wound he got early this morning
during a scuffle with an unidentified man at Highway 33 and
"The fight occurred at around 5:30 a.m. and when police arrived,
the victim said he had been walking along Highway 33 when an
unknown man asked him for a cigarette," said Const. Steve
"When the victim said he had none, the suspect blocked his way.
When the victim tried to go around the man, the suspect stabbed
the man and ran away."
The victim was taken to Kelowna General Hospital and was treated
for the non life threatening wound to his stomach area. No
weapon has been recovered.
The suspect is described as Caucasian, over six feet tall with
short, blonde spiky hair. He was wearing baggy grey sweat pants
and a black hoody. The suspect is not known to the victim.
If anyone has any information about the identity or whereabouts
of the suspect, please call the Kelowna RCMP Detachment at
250-762-3300, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or visit
the Crime Stoppers website to report.
Smoke pits for some city parks
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - October
While smokers are running out of places to
light up, one exception has been made.
As city council moved forward with an extension of the smoking ban
for “natural” areas to include all city-owned parks and beaches,
park services manager Ian Wilson said there will be a few exceptions
when the bylaw it goes into effect next February.
Each park larger than 15 hectares will have a designated smoke pit.
That means City Park, Parkinson Recreation Park, Mission Recreation
Park and Guisachan Heritage Park, will be mostly smoke-free.
The exception will give the plan a $23,000 price-tag and Wilson said
those funds will be used for education, signage and installation of
ashtrays in designated areas.
“Assuming the funding for the signage and the education is approved,
that would allow us to give a little bit of lead time for bylaw to
be able to get the information out and before they start enforcing
this,” said Wilson.
The bylaw had already been introduced to council, but parks staff
did some tweaking based on concerns raised by council about the need
for smoke-pit areas.
When the issue was initially raised, Wilson said most Canadians were
in support of smoking bans.
Referencing a study aimed at sussing out the issue, Wilson said 75
per cent of Canadians favoured smoke free beaches and parks.
About 68 per cent of smokers were even on-board with the idea.
That widespread support to end smoking in parks and beaches was
reflected among councillors, who voted unanimously to extend the
Kelowna is among 39 B.C. municipalities that already have anti
smoking bylaws in place, instituted on arguments for greater public
health and pursuing a cleaner environment.
Campaign to butt out
Quit Now online contest to stop smoking is back
AM News 1130 - Mike Lloyd - Oct 22, 2010
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - There was plenty of free coffee, but no
cigarettes in downtown Vancouver this morning. Quit Now and the BC
Lung Association kicked off a campaign to quit smoking at the
Vancouver Art Gallery.
They poured free java while handing out advice on ditching
cigarettes. There was also a little gentle badgering, with placards
reading "Taste your food" and "Have an indoor coffee break."
Lung Association staff suggest 70 percent of BC's 500,000 smokers
want to quit in the next 12 months. Quit Now is bringing back an
online contest that helped 5,500 people quit last year.
OF DISCRIMINATION TO SAY THE LEAST!!
Stupid bylaw ... as if I am going to go out of my way and travel farther so I
can visit a park with a smoking section. I think each park should have a
smoking section because nobody should be discriminated against and this is
discrimination to ban only some people from a park when parks are suppose to be
for the public. Well a smoker is part of the public.
Smoking banned at all city parks
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 57623 - Oct
Kelowna City Council has effectively banned smoking at all city
Council unanimously endorsed the new bylaw Monday afternoon.
The bylaw means smoking will be banned in all parks except larger
parks where designated smoking areas will be set up.
While the bylaw was endorsed by council, Park Services Manager Ian
Wilson says it will not be implemented until February of 2011.
"Assuming the funding for the signage and the education is approved,
that would allow us to give a little bit of lead time for bylaw to
be able to get the information out and before they start enforcing
this," Wilson told council.
Wilson says a budget request for approximately $23,000 will be
submitted for the 2011 budget.
The money will go towards education, signage and installation of
ashtrays in designated areas.
Designated smoking areas will be located in
parks larger than 15 hectares in size, including City Park,
Parkinson Recreation Park, Mission Recreation Park and Guisachan
Heritage Park which already has designated smoking areas.
Knox Mountain and Dilworth Mountain would remain non smoking
When the item originally came before council earlier in the summer,
Councillor Charlie Hodge voted against the recommendation because
City Park was not being considered as one of the parks slated to
include a smoking area.
"We took into account the comments of yourself as well as other
Councillors and felt we wanted to have some flexibility and City
Park was one of those very large parks where there may be a need so
we thought we should consider that."
Wilson added the bylaw will not specify which parks will receive
designated smoking areas to give the city flexibility down the road.
Kelowna council bans smoking at parks and beaches
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels -
September 22, 2010
Smokers will be told to butt out if they’re
caught puffing on a cigarette at any Kelowna beach or park.
City council voted Monday to pass a bylaw that prohibits smoking in
nearly all public places, as the follow up to last year’s bylaw that
banned smoking in “natural spaces” where a fire hazard could be
“There was already a lot of public support,” said the city’s Ian
Wilson, referencing a nationwide survey used to argue extending the
In it, 75 per cent of Canadians claimed they favoured smoke free
beaches and parks. About 68 per cent of smokers were even on-board
with the idea.
That widespread support to end smoking in parks and beaches was
reflected among councillors, who remarked that the public mindset is
significantly different than it was even a decade ago.
Coun. Luke Stack explained he was once on a hospital board and
remembers the days when proposing prohibiting smoking in hospital
rooms sparked a backlash. “People seemed aghast,” he said, noting
the decision to implement bans in various areas, step by step, has
Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone’s enthused.
Rael Schaeffer was outside smoking, Tuesday and when he was told
about the new bylaw he instantly barked, “ridiculous.”
“I like to relax, and smoking helps me do that,” he said, adding
that he gets out of the way of others when he’s taking a cigarette
break, anyway. He also thinks that smokers are being persecuted for
their addictions these days.
Chewing on the end of a nicotine supplement shaped like a cigarette,
Willie Kisely said he thinks, “if someone wants to smoke, they
should be able to smoke. I just don’t want to.”
He also has some insight into how smoking bans roll out.
“I live in Hawaii six months of the year, and there’s nobody smoking
there,” he said.
Closer to home, Kelowna will join 39 B.C. municipalities that
already have bylaws in place, instituted on arguments of public
health and pursuing a cleaner environment.
While the sweet smell of cigarette smoke won’t be wafting by beach
and park goers anymore, it won’t be forbidden on patios. There is a
provincial rule in place that makes sure that smoking is only done
past three meters of an open doorway, but establishments that have
patios big enough to keep smokers happy could also be at risk.
Other cities have mandated no-smoking on patios, but Kelowna’s not
ready to take that step until consulting further with impacted
With the HST it
will now cost the average smoker $323.41 per MONTH to
4 cartons of Canadian Classic kingsize cigarettes cost $288.76 at Shop Easy in
Armstrong B.C. on June 24, 2010
BEFORE THE HST
AFTER THE HST
After the HST takes effect, one month of cigarettes (4 cartons) will cost
$323.41 per month.
This is rape!
The BC Government "GANG" is a thief and steals money from smokers, but yet
people are still smoking! How does making someone broke help them quit
Sports Injuries are just as preventable as smoking, but I don't see the BC
Government charge extra tax for footballs and hockey sticks to cover healthcare!!! I think its high
time to stick it to athletes if they want to do it to smokers!!! If people want to tax me for smoking, then I want to tax those health
nuts right back!
No the BC Government has not ruled tobacco smoking illegal, but the BC
Government has made smoking illegal in other ways instead. Illegal to
smoke anywhere except in your house which is basically the same thing!
Illegal to smoke in your car if you have children, illegal to smoke at work,
etc.! The BC Government has taken away your freedom of choice to be able
to dine in at a smoking only restaurant and be able to enjoy a smoke after eating.
BC business owners spent millions of dollars upgrading their pubs and
restaurants putting in partitions and fresh air ventilation systems, only for
the BC Government to change their mind about allowing smoking sections if there
adequate ventilation. All that money that small BC business owners spent
for nothing! This seems to be
what government is all about! WASTE OF MONEY! Government is stealing my love
from me! I can't stand Government and they need to get lost. We need
volunteers like at the Food Bank. I think if that happened we would all be
Just because government charges high taxes for cigarettes doesn't mean people
will quit. People will go without proper nutrition and other things so
they can afford cigarettes. Smokers become anti-social and stay home all
the time so they can smoke. I can't see how government raping smokers of
their money is helping smokers or anyone else for that matter. Hospital
care costs will only increase due to poor nutrition and inactivity due to being
depressed over how government is handling this.
The BC government can't force addicts to quit smoking, even if the BC government wanted to.
I can only see healthcare getting more expensive because now on top of the
smoking, smokers are not getting proper nutrition and they are stressed more
because they are broke and so they end up smoking even more. This is
exactly what is happening to the person writing this.
Government has to go ... please no more government ... because it is the BC government killing me,
and not so much the cigarettes! I may be able to quit smoking if we didn't
have a BC government like we do.
People should be able to make their own choice to smoke or not, and without
government or others interference. This doesn't mean people have to
breath second hand smoke. Why can't there be smoking and non-smoking
restaurants? To each their own!
Some people eat too much, so should government tax the hell out of food! I
think not! If anything, government should support smokers with free help
so that they can quit when and if they are ready. Same goes for people who
are overweight, gambling addicts, etc.
There should be smoking sections (maybe not in every restaurant) or smoking only
restaurants, so that smokers are not ostracized from society due to their bad
habits, and smokers can still socialize with their friends whom also smoke.
At one time non-smokers had no rights, but that has changed. Non-smokers
have all the rights now. But what about the right of smokers as well?
If people can't regulate themselves and Government is needed to do it for us,
government doesn't need to flip flop on the smoking in public issue, but instead
the BC government needs to find some middle ground to make everyone happy.
In all honesty, this BC smoker doesn't need to smell the BC Government's second
Did you know that a carton of Viceroy brand cigarettes are
about $10 per carton cheaper than many other brands?
We switched from Canadian Classic kingsize brand to Viceroy kingsize brand due
to the HST and taxes on cigarettes. It is recorded on the cigarettes that
there is more tar and nicotine in Viceroy than in Canadian Classics, but they
are a heck of a lot cheaper. We save approx. $40 per month by switching
It says on the package that Canadian Classic cigarettes are manufactured by the
Rock City tobacco company.
RBH began in 1899 with the Rock City Tobacco Company in Quebec City, the makers
of the cigarette brands Craven A and Sportsman. In 1963 Rothmans of Pall Mall
bought the Rock City Tobacco Company, and in 1986, British company Benson &
Hedges merged with Rothmans of Pall Mall to become Rothmans, Benson & Hedges
Inc. RBH has offices all over Canada, with approximately 780 employees. In
1999-2000, net sales of RBH totaled $533.2 million.
We tried to find this company on the internet but can't find it? We wonder
if the government has banned tobacco manufactures from being allowed to have a
Comparing Canadian Classics to Viceroy brand cigarettes
||14 - 33 mg
||1.3 - 2.8 mg
||16 - 33 mg
||.077 - .18 mg
||.13 - .31 mg
||.046 - .088 mg
||15 - 38 mg
||1.5 - 3.2 mg
||16 - 31 mg
||.076 - .21 mg
||.14 - .35 mg
||.048 - .10 mg
With HST and taxes on cigarettes the way they have grossly gone up, this has
only caused us to start smoking a stronger cigarette on August 25, 2010 and we
smoke 4 cartons a month. Putting the price of cigarettes up has only
caused us to shop for a cheaper brand and go without foods that are nutritious
like milk. We hardly ever drink milk and we hardly ever have fresh
vegetables now. We can't afford the gas to go get milk and vegetables living 45
minutes from town and only being able to afford to go to town once per month due
to the gross
negligence of the Canadian government raping addicted smokers of their money.
We are what we eat!
An addict is an addict is an addict, is an addict. An addict has to find
something that they like as much or better to change their addiction. Some
people try toothpicks or chew gum or eat candy.
No matter the price of cigarettes, addicts will find a way to fund their habit.
Take for instance someone that usually smokes pre-rolled cigarettes, they will
just smoke tobacco that needs to be rolled in order to cut their cost.
Just because someone wants you to quit smoking (BC Government for instance wants
everyone to quit smoking) doesn't mean a person can quit smoking. And it
doesn't mean that a person agrees with the BC government either!
Some people choose to continue smoking just to piss the BC government off and
get the BC government back! We know one person that would rather die just
to piss the BC Government off just as much as the BC Government pisses them off!
Who's Life is it anyway?
Council set to approve smoking ban
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 57577 - Oct
Kelowna Council could take the first step to banning smoking in all
Council will be asked to consider the bylaw when it meets Monday.
The bylaw would effectively ban smoking in all areas of the city
defined as 'parks,' except in designated smoking areas.
The current Parks and Public Spaces Bylaw prohibits smoking in what
are considered 'natural areas.'
That definition would be removed.
In a report prepared by Park Services Manager, Ian Wilson, says
parks larger than 15 hectares in size would be considered for
designated smoking areas except for Knox or Dilworth Mountain.
He says City Park, Parkinson Recreation Park and Mission Recreation
Park would be considered.
Wilson also recommends a designated smoking
area be included in Guisachan Heritage Park since the site already
has a designated area for smokers.
"A budget item for additional signage and public education as well
as additional cigarette butt receptacles at park entrances will be
included in the 2011 budget submission," says Wilson in his report.
"The final resolution approved by Council at the September 20
meeting, 'that City bylaw staff report back on the feasibility of
amending City bylaws further to meet the recommendations of Interior
Health, specifically with regards to smoking in outdoor patios or
within six metres of building doors, air intakes or windows,' will
be led by bylaw staff with support from Park Services."
The final price tag for education, signage and cigarette receptacles
is estimated at close to $23,000.
Cops remove man smoking on plane
Castanet.net - by RCMP - Story: 56627 - Aug 30,
Two clandestine smoking episodes on board an airplane in flight
landed a passenger on the hot seat Monday.
Police were called to deal with a passenger who had smoked -- not
once, but twice -- in the lavatory on board a domestic flight from
RCMP Constable Steve Holmes says police were called in to remove the
man from the WestJet plane.
"Police took the offending passenger off the plane where he received
a stern reprimand," says Holmes.
Airline staff did not pursue charges under the Aeronautics Act, and
the 51-year-old Ontario man was allowed to continue on his way.
Smoking on board Commercial Passenger Aircraft is prohibited.
Smokers could be forced to butt out early on beaches
CTV News Video - By: Alana Turner, ctvbc.ca -
Tuesday Jul. 27, 2010
Vancouver Park Board may ban cigarette smoking in all parks and
beaches as early as Wednesday.(CTV)
Vancouver's citywide ban of smoking at
beaches and parks will likely start sooner than expected because of
the high risk of fires caused by recent dry weather.
The Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously in April to enforce the
smoking ban starting Sept. 1 in all 224 parks, but could force
smokers to butt out starting as early as Wednesday, or whenever the
fire risk shifts from "high" to "extreme."
"We're expecting that come Wednesday we're going to move the fire
hazard reading to extreme, which means that there will be no smoking
in any of our beaches or public parks," Commissioner Ian Robertson
told CTV News.
The ban prohibits people from smoking in parks, beaches, trails,
golf courses, sports fields, playgrounds, as well as the seawall and
parking lots within boundaries of parks.
Smokers caught disobeying the ban will be fined a minimum of $250.
Barb Floden, communications co-coordinator for the board, says that
with rangers, life guards, and police beach patrol monitoring the
grounds, the ban should work effectively.
"We've got staff that are out in the parks that are enforcing the
rules, and over 30 park rangers out in uniform in all of our parks
and beaches, reminding people of the rules," Floden told ctvbc.ca.
"As soon as you tell people it's about a fire hazard, people are
more obligatory to comply -- they get it. They know it's a danger
with the dry weather."
Set to improve medical and safety conditions, the ban will also help
curb the amount of garbage left behind by smokers. Groups like the
Stanley Park Ecology Society are in favour of the ban because the
butts are toxic to the environment and will no longer be
accidentally eaten by wildlife.
The Park Board is starting a public education campaign beginning
before the official September ban that will include sandwich boards
circulation through out golf courses and concession stands,
newspaper ads, and online information.
Maureen Bader: On-line gambling business too risky for B.C.
Straight.com - By Maureen Bader - July 27, 2010
Governments love “sin” taxes. They fill up the coffers while
creating the illusion that government is the high-minded protector
of society’s moral well-being. But should government be running
“sin” businesses? If the performance of the B.C. Lottery Corporation
is any indication, the answer is no—it creates far too much risk for
players and taxpayers.
The B.C. government made the province the first jurisdiction in
North America to legalize on-line gambling. Government says people
in B.C. spend $100 million per year at illegal offshore gambling
sites and it wants in on the revenue from “sin”. The government
assures us it’s the right move because the expected cash injection
will go to education and healthcare.
But the B.C. government’s expansion into on-line gambling is a move
in the wrong direction. If government wants a piece of the action,
it should set the rules of the game and let the private sector take
On the day the new on-line gambling site opened, the CEO of the
government’s gambling monopoly, the BCLC, said, “a safe, secure, and
regulated alternative operated in B.C. is a sensible decision”.
But is it safe and secure? Seems not.
On that very same day, the site had to be shut down because some
people were able to play using other people’s money—so much for
safety and security.
However, this isn’t the first time bungling at the BCLC has created
risks for both players and taxpayers.
One woman, while on a BCLC list that was supposed to stop her from
going inside B.C. casinos, managed to lose $331,000 inside two
casinos. She is now suing the BCLC. This “regulated alternative” is
leaving taxpayers at risk for big legal bills.
But wait, there’s more.
The BCLC was also fined $670,000 by the Financial Transactions and
Reports Analysis Centre, a federal regulator, for breaking the
federal Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing
Act more than 1,000 times. Leaving aside the much bigger issue of
potentially helping criminals launder money, the blundering BCLC is
leaving taxpayers at risk for big fines like these.
And let’s not forget about the $603,362 severance package paid to
the previous BCLC CEO. He was fired after an ombusdman report found
the BCLC wasn’t monitoring lottery ticket retailers very well, and
the BCLC itself was not being regulated by government at all before
2006. The fired CEO certainly hit the jackpot, though. His severance
payout gave him $842,201 in total compensation in 2007-08. These
severance prize packages are another risk just too big for taxpayers
Given all the problems at the BCLC, the very last thing the
government should be doing is getting even more involved in the
“sin” business. However, there is still a way for government to
cash-in on “sin”.
The government collects about $700 million in tax revenue every year
from sales of another “sin” product, tobacco, without a fumbling
Crown corporation to oversee those sales. Meanwhile, of the $2
billion in revenue the BCLC collects, about $1 billion goes to
government and $1 billion covers BCLC’s costs. If the government can
generate a pile of cash on tobacco sales without a B.C. Tobacco
Corporation, it could probably also win big without a B.C. Lottery
Corporation. And you can bet the government would be a lot more
careful about regulating private companies than it is about
The government isn’t in the tobacco
business and it shouldn’t be in the gambling business either.
Government dens of iniquity are not safer or more secure for
gamblers and create huge risks for taxpayers. Government can still
get a piece of the gambling action by setting the rules of the game
and taxing private gambling businesses. Let’s leave the games of
chance to those playing with their own money.
Maureen Bader is the B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers
Smoking bans blamed for uptick in planter fires
CBC News - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Massive Calgary condominium blaze caused by potting soil catching
Smokers stubbing their cigarette butts into outdoor planters are
causing a spike in fires, according to Co-operators insurance
A cigarette left smouldering in flowerpot caused this March 18 fire
in Calgary, which left 300 people homeless. (CBC)In one recent case,
about 300 people were left homeless when a cigarette was left in a
planter on the fourth floor of a Calgary condominium.
"It's combustible," Calgary firefighter Brian McAsey said of the
soil in planters. "It's not like the soil or dirt on the ground.
It's flammable, so anytime you put a cigarette in there or
incendiary device you have the possibility that it could heat up and
then start a fire."
No one was killed in the March 18 blaze, but one firefighter was
hospitalized with minor injuries and five police officers were
treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
An investigation found a discarded cigarette had been smouldering in
a flowerpot and started the fire, which quickly spread to the attic
of the building.
"Unfortunately these types of fires can smoulder for quite a long
time before they start up and you can actually see flame," McAsey
told CBC News.
McAsey, who serves as a spokesman for the Calgary Fire Department,
said he's attended about two dozen fires that began in potting soil
over the 10 years he's been fighting fires.
Potting soil contains substances which are flammable such as
shredded wood, peat moss and fertilizers, which act as accelerants.
(iStock)The fires happen because potting soil is composed of organic
substances that are flammable, such as shredded wood, bark, peat
moss, Styrofoam and vermiculite.
On top of that, fertilizers in the soil can act as oxidizers that
can accelerate flames.
"People should remember to be prudent when disposing of their
cigarettes," said Glen Oxford, the manager of claims at
"The reality is that homes have burned to the ground because of
careless cigarette disposal."
In a media
release, Co-operators states that smoking bylaw changes have pushed
more smokers onto the streets, and when ashtrays are lacking they
use planters instead.
The insurance company recommends making more ashtrays readily
available to outdoor smokers as a preventive measure.
Another solution it recommends is keeping outdoor plants well
B.C. VIEWS: HST horror arrives, and life goes on
By Tom Fletcher - BC Local News - July 05, 2010
Bill Vander Zalm speaks to media from a rented truck carrying 85
boxes of petitions against the harmonized sales tax, Elections BC
headquarters, Victoria, June 30, 2010.
Tom Fletcher/Black Press
VICTORIA – Perhaps it’s a retinal
after-image from the bright light, but there seems to be a wide,
disembodied grin hanging over B.C.’s capital city today.
Bill Vander Zalm has returned to his shrub farm in Delta to await
deliberations over the 700,000-name petition he and his acolytes
delivered amid a throng of adoring media last week. His famous smile
grew wider as the cameras closed in on him to capture the hand-over
of 85 boxes calling for the 12-per-cent harmonized sales tax to be
“extinguished” by the B.C. legislature.
Elvis showed up too, along with a handful of dedicated canvassers
who clutched even more pages of signatures, hoping to beat the
deadline for Elections B.C. to verify them as registered voters.
Notable by their absence were NDP MLAs, many of whom signed up to
bask in the reflected glow of Vander Zalm’s tax revolt.
Addressing the gathering from the back of a rented truck, Vander
Zalm seemed to change his tune just a bit.
“Your job still is not finished yet, because the government still
hasn’t said they’ll end the HST,” the former premier told
supporters. “And until they say, we’ll eliminate, we’ll end, we’ll
get rid of the HST, we’re going to keep on fighting.”
Notice he didn’t say when the tax must end. This appears to be a
tacit admission that B.C. is stuck with the extended version of the
GST, at least for the five years of the contract signed between
Victoria and Ottawa.
As the deadline for the anti-HST petition approached, this populist
movement came under much-needed scrutiny. Former attorney general
Geoff Plant weighed in with a lawyer’s view of the petition and its
proposed “HST Extinguishment Act,” apparently drafted without legal
It’s a “constitutional impossibility” for a province to extinguish
federal law, Plant noted. But that’s not the only problem with the
anti-HST petition. It also calls for the province to reinstate the
provincial sales tax, which implies rehiring the 300-odd tax
collectors transferred to the Canada Revenue Agency, and somehow to
reimburse each B.C. resident for new taxes paid under the HST. Once
we add up the cost of all that, it can be added to the $1.6 billion
transition fund that B.C. would owe Ottawa.
Plant also pointed out that the HST Extinguishment Act would declare
B.C.’s seven-per-cent PST as the “only” provincially administered
sales tax. What then becomes of B.C.’s Social Services Tax Act,
Hotel Room Tax Act, Motor Fuel Tax Act and Tobacco Tax Act? The
smile doesn’t say.
Tobacco taxes are a point to ponder. One of the few HST provisions
that didn’t incite protest was the extension of the provincial
portion of sales tax to tobacco products, pushing a pack of coffin
nails above $10.
Who knew cigarettes were
exempt from PST? Well, they were, in Ontario as well
as B.C. That’s presumably because B.C. has a separate tobacco tax,
which it can still adjust.
Some lament the passing of made-in-B.C. sales tax breaks such as the
one for hybrid vehicles. Dating from early in Premier Gordon
Campbell’s climate change phase, the provincial sales tax rebate
effectively provided a $2,000 subsidy to Toyota for its popular
Prius. Politicians can still make these kinds of trendy gestures,
but not with sales taxes.
It’s been almost a year since B.C.’s HST plan was revealed, to the
particular horror of those living near Alberta. So here’s a fun
Over the past year, Alberta has seen an exodus of 5,000 people to
other provinces, while B.C. has attracted 7,500 new residents to the
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press
tfletcher "at" blackpress.ca
BC Tobacco Taxes Feb. 2009
BC Tobacco Taxes March 2010
$37.00 per carton of 200 or 18.5 cents per cigarette.
Tobacco Tax Bulletins, Notices and Legislation
The government would try to make people believe that cigarettes are a method of
Wonder how many men smoke more due to this advertisement LOL!!!
Response from the BC Ministry of Finance in regards to HST applied to tobacco
|Thank you for your inquiry.
The HST will be applied to the purchase price, including the
provincial tobacco tax, of all tobacco products. This approach is
identical to that in all other HST provinces.
This correspondence describes the proposed HST and is for
information purposes only. In the event of a conflict between this
correspondence and any legislation enacted to implement the HST, the
legislation will govern. The Ministry is not responsible for
updating this response if there are any subsequent changes to the
proposed HST. The HST is imposed under federal legislation, the
Excise Tax Act (Canada) and will be administered by the Canada
Revenue Agency. For information related
to the transition to HST, please visit
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/hrmnztn/menu-eng.html or call 1
Ministry of Finance
News release BACKGROUNDER:
Federal, provincial and territorial governments enter into civil
settlement agreements with two tobacco companies
On April 13, 2010, the federal and provincial / territorial
governments entered into civil settlement agreements with tobacco
manufacturers JTI-Macdonald Corp. (JTI-MC) and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
Company (RJR) in connection with governments' civil claims relating
to contraband tobacco in the early 1990s. Under its civil
settlement, RJR will pay governments $325
At the same time, JTI-MC pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of
Justice to a single count of "aiding persons to be in the possession
of tobacco not packaged in accordance with the Excise Act", and has
been fined $150 million, while Northern Brands International Inc. (NBI),
a company related to RJR, has pleaded guilty to a Criminal Code
conspiracy and has been fined $75 million.
Payments received from the companies will be distributed to the
federal, provincial and territorial governments according to
percentages agreed to by all. Out of the $550 million paid by
companies, $491 million will be shared according to the agreed
percentages, while the balance will be distributed to certain
participating governments in recognition of expenses and other
rights and obligations that they had. These payments are as follows:
Government of Canada - $12 M; British Columbia - $40 M; Ontario - $5
M; and Quebec - $2 M.
click link above for more, as this is *
only a snippett * of the beginning of this document and below
is another snippett.
As a result of these and previous
settlements and convictions, tobacco manufacturers are paying a
total of $1.7 billion to federal, provincial and territorial
Comprehensive settlement agreements with tobacco companies
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA
THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES LISTED ON THE SIGNATURE PAGES ATTACHED
as of April 13, 2010
This Agreement made as of the 13th day of April, 2010,
JTI-Macdonald Corp. ("JTI-MC")
Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as
represented by the Minister of Revenue and the
Minister of Justice ("Canada")
Each Province and Territory listed on the signature
pages attached hereto (the "Provinces and
In consideration of the mutual covenants herein and other valuable
consideration the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby
acknowledged, and without any admission of
liability herein, the Parties agree to: (a) settle and
finally resolve all Released Claims against the Released Entities
pursuant to the terms of this Agreement; and (b)
address the Parties' shared objective of
combating the manufacture, sale, distribution, transport and storage
of illicit and contraband tobacco products in Canada, as follows.
|Smoking in the Car
I am a parent to 7 children/adults
and of course a smoker! This law really does not effect me, as a
matter of fact it makes driving far more enjoyable. I told the kids
they have to bus around now and remember the NDP has made that
choice for them. It leaves me far more time to myself, no more
Football here, Music there etc....
Smoking ban won’t proceed
Vernon Morning Star - By Brent Mutis - February
Discussion about a no-smoking bylaw for
Coldstream flamed out at a recent district council meeting.
Coun. Maria Besso cited requests from constituents and from the
Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park to introduce a bylaw to
ban smoking in district parks.
Besso conceded the logistics of upholding such a law would be
daunting but believes the educational aspect would be worth it.
“It’s worth wording such a bylaw for our area,” said Besso. “I think
it is a symbolic gesture, part of an educational project and we’d
probably end up with signage but wouldn’t enforce it rigidly.”
Chief administrative officer Michael Stamhuis said it would take a
day or two of staff time to research the implementation of such a
law. That would involve consulting with Kelowna, which has a
no-smoking bylaw in place.
For Coldstream, which lacks the manpower of larger communities, a
no-smoking bylaw is not a good use of resources, said Coun. Doug
“Kelowna and Vernon have bylaw officers which we don’t have,” he
said. “Staff would use up time (crafting a bylaw) and people would
accuse us of not enforcing it.
“I see it as not really effective; we should use our resources
August 9, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board
Minutes (Pg. 3-4)
8.2 No Smoking Policy (All Directors –
The Board discussed the need to designate smoking areas in
facilities and parks. Staff will review which facilities and parks
may require this designation. An education program will be used to
advise people prior to the introduction of a new parks regulation
THAT the Regional Board rescind resolution #266/00 – No Smoking
Policy – Regional District Facilities;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board adopt a ‘No Smoking Policy’
in Regional District parks and facilities as follows:
Smoking shall not be permitted in any park and facility, except
in areas so designated, which are owned or operated by the Regional
District of Central Okanagan.
Office of the Auditor General - 1 9 9 6 / 1 9 9 7 : R e p o r t
1. Drinking of alcoholic beverages – Government policy –
2. Drinking of alcoholic beverages – Economic aspects – British
3. Drinking of alcoholic beverages – Social aspects – British
4. Tobacco habit – Government policy – British Columbia. 5. Tobacco
habit – Economic aspects – British Columbia. 6. Tobacco habit –
Social aspects –British Columbia.
1995/96 Review of Government Revenue and Expenditure
programs related to alcohol and tobacco.
Public spent $2,041 million
Government tax $651 million
Public spent $964 million
Government tax $482 million
1992 $433 million
1993 $483 million
1994 $482 million
1995 $516 million
1996 $482 million
72. The definition “tobacco product” in
section 2 of the Tobacco Act is replaced by the following:
“tobacco product” means a product composed in whole or in part of
tobacco, including tobacco leaves and any extract of tobacco leaves.
It includes cigarette papers, tubes and filters but does not
include any food or therapeutic product that contains nicotine to
which the Food and Drugs Act applies.
BC Government is so ridiculous. A guy selling hotdogs can't advertise that
he has "smoking" hot hotdogs now. Can you believe it? Where did our
human right's go? Just seen this on CHBC TV news May 9, 2008.
Under the Tobacco Control Act, it is illegal to sell, offer to sell, distribute,
advertise or promote the use of tobacco to minors under 19 years
In Canada, there's a limit to what drug ads can say:
they can advertise the name of a product or say what it treats. But
they cannot do both at the same time. Like the Viagra ad, you only
see ads that give the name of the drug and only hint at what it's
Two years ago, the makers of Zyban — a drug used to help people
quit smoking — ran an ad that named the product and said what it's
for. That's against the rules.
The ad ran for four months. Health Canada sent the manufacturer two
warnings letters, but never prosecuted the company.
After the Zyban controversy, Ray Chepsiuk of Pharmaceutical
Advertising Advisory Board received a lot of calls from advertising
agencies. He's paid by the drug companies to keep their marketing
within the rules.
www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/files/health/directads/ (link no longer
$100.00 bylaw fine in Regional District of Central
Okanagan Parks for smoking.
There’s no interest in smoking bylaws for parks
Vernon Morning Star - Published: August 08, 2008
KAMLOOPS – First, the bars were cleared of the haze.
Next, the patios were aired out.
Could beaches and parks be next on the list of places where smokers
aren’t allowed to light up?
The City of Vancouver is mulling the idea of banning the nasty habit
from its parks, but Kamloops so far doesn’t seem as interested.
Byron McCorkell, Kamloops’ director of parks and recreation, said
the city has since 2000 leaned toward public education, rather than
a restrictive bylaw.
“I would suggest that council would be cautious about any kind of a
bylaw,” he said, noting council has never really considered a ban,
preferring to leave such a decision up to the province.
Part of the problem, as McCorkell sees it, is that bylaws are
difficult to implement. So, for now, the city is content on trying
to get people to stop smoking through dialogue rather than demand.
But the Interior Health Authority would definitely support a ban at
parks and beaches.
Ken Christian, the IHA’s director of health protection, said a ban
in those places would be the next logical step.
“It’s our undisputed goal that we want to de-normalize the use of
tobacco products,” he said.
In March, three new provincial tobacco regulations came into effect
that included smoking bans in public buildings and workplaces that
are substantially enclosed, along with a three-metre buffer between
the smoker and doorways to public buildings, including open windows
or air intakes.
But Christian said any park ban would have to come from the city. He
said there is fairly good compliance just by passing a bylaw, noting
there is already enforcement in parks regarding drinking liquor.
Christian said the difficult part was getting smoking out of the
As for the most recent regulations, he said compliance has been
good, especially around the advertising portion of the regulations.
IHA officials are still working with the restaurant industry around
the definition of a patio.
So far, no fines have been handed out.
Christian said the health authority doesn’t plan on handing out
tickets for a first offence, noting a rigid approach doesn’t do much
for long-term compliance.
Butt sparks bush blaze
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - July 08,
Vernonites are being urged to watch out for brush fires even in the
most urban of settings.
Firefighters were called out at just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday when
they received a report of a bush fire in the 3900 block of 25th
Jeff Carlisle, fire chief, said the crews arrived to find a bush
fully ablaze and threatening to spread to other vegetation.
It’s believed the blaze was the result of a cigarette butt not being
disposed of properly.
“Be very conscientious because it can take something such as a
cigarette butt to cause a problem,” said Carlisle.
Carlisle points out that conditions are extremely dry and that
increases the possibility of fire.
Besides cigarette butts, the fire department is concerned about
sparks from ATVs and motorbikes setting grass on fire.
“Any type of spark in dry conditions can progress very quickly,”
Hospital butts out smokers
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - May 30,
Smokers hanging around Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s front entrance are
a thing of the past.
As of Saturday, smoking will be banned at all Interior Health
Authority facilities and grounds, including hospitals and care
“We’re not saying people can’t smoke, just not on IHA property,”
said Joanne Konnert, chief operating officer.
A common siight at VJH has been to see patients and visitors
lighting up outside the main entrance.
“We’ve had lots of complaints from people who go through the wall of
smoke and they’re wondering why we allow this,” said Konnert, who
added that smoking is inconsistent with the agency’s goal of
improving public health.
While there may be some concern about patients, with a variety of
ailments, leaving the hospital grounds for a smoke, Konnert is
confident that problems can be avoided.
“There will be a bit of a transition but we hope people will prepare
for coming to the hospital and perhaps they will use it as an
opportunity to quit smoking,” she said.
Patients will receive information from their doctor about the policy
and assistance, such as nicotine replacement products, may be made
available to the patient.
Beyond VJH, the smoking ban covers residential care, palliative car
and mental health facilities.
Special consideration may be given to people living in those
“We are working with folks individually so they may choose to stop
smoking or we can set up a way to accommodate them,” said Konnert.
The entire issue, though, has one politician fuming.
Pat Hudson, an Armstrong councillor, believes the smoking
regulations could negatively impact terminally ill patients.
“Somebody’s who dealing with terminal cancer and has not long to
live, that’s all they have left,” he said.
“I don’t say they should be anywhere near an entrance, but surely to
God we can find some way to give someone a break”
The Canadian Cancer Society supports IHA’s actions.
“It’s something we’ve been pushing for years — a smoke-free
environment for everyone,” said Leslie Swan, president of the
society’s Vernon chapter.
“Especially at the hospital, people shouldn’t be walking through a
cloud of smoke to get there.”
May 23, 2008 - Vernon Morning Star - Letters
In the not so real world we live in, the government allows and gives
out medical marijuana. This was the start. Next, let’s give drug
addicts free needles and a safe place to shoot up their drug of
choice, and now let’s hand out crack pipe kits so the drug abusers
will always have a clean pipe to smoke their crack with so they can
In the real world where I live, cigarettes are hidden behind
blackened cases so teens can’t see them, clean ventilated smoking
rooms are shut down and smokers are banished to the far edges of
Smokers pay taxes, have jobs and are part of this thing we call
society, and because they smoke, they pay more taxes than a
non-smoker. The government gets their fair share of the cigarette
The average smoker cannot go to the local pub order up a soft drink
and sit down with friends in a clean, well-ventilated smoking room
and discuss the day at work or life in general.
But a drug addict can go to a nice, clean room with clean needles,
clean pipes and shoot up heroin or smoke crack.
What do they discuss over the crack pipe? What is wrong with this
Second-hand smoke is a byproduct of smoking, and yes this is bad for
everyone. That is why smoking rooms are well-ventilated. It is a
person’s choice to enter or not.
Car thefts, assaults, break-and-enters, robberies, homelessness and
death are the byproducts of crack and heroin, and in this we have no
Where are we going with all this? You can shoot drugs, smoke crack,
but not smoke a cigarette.
In British Columbia, Tobacco Tax applies to all tobacco products sold at retail.
Provincial Sales Tax (PST) does not apply.
May 2008 IHA POLICY
Tobacco use is prohibited in or on all
Interior Health owned, operated or contracted premises, facilities,
grounds and vehicles, with the exception of cultural ceremonial use
of tobacco in specified IH programs.
Notwithstanding this prohibition, special considerations for the
use of tobacco are appropriate for the following program areas:
• mental health/addictions,
• long-term care,
• palliative care.
How some smokers remember it.
The government told smokers they were raising the tobacco tax significantly to
cover health care costs. Supposedly smokers cost the health care system a
lot more than the average Joe, even though some smokers die early.
In B.C., premiums are payable for
and are based on family size and income.
The monthly rates are:
$54 for one
$96 for a family of two
$108 for a family of three or more
Regular premium assistance offers subsidies ranging from 20 to 100 per cent,
based on an individual's net income (or a couple's combined net income) for
the preceding tax year, less deductions for age, family size and disability. If
the resulting amount referred to as "adjusted net income" is $28,000 or below, a
subsidy is available.
single pack a day smoker can pay more than $108.59 tax on cigarettes in one
$35.80 tax per carton divided by 10 packs in a carton = $3.58
tax per per package of cigarettes.
$3.58 per pack times 7 days a week = $25.06 per week tax
$25.06 per week tax x 52 weeks in a year = $1,303.12 tax per year
$1,303.12 divided by 12 months =
$108.59 a smoker pays
in tax per month if they smoke
one pack a day.
As of March 31, 2008, improvements to B.C.'s tobacco control laws will reduce
exposure to second hand smoke and place important limits on how tobacco is sold
and promoted in B.C.. This protects the health of all British Columbians and
All indoor public places and work places in B.C. will be smoke-free. Bars,
restaurants, pubs, clubs and casinos will no longer allow indoor smoking or have
designated smoking rooms.
Tobacco retailers cannot display or promote tobacco products if minors are
allowed in their store.
New limits apply to retail signs that describe the tobacco products for sale.
Tobacco products will not be sold in hospitals, public post-secondary
institutions, provincial government buildings and local government recreational
For more information of the Tobacco Control Act and Regulations or for the
telephone number of your health authority, please visit:
Tobacco Control Strategy
Freedom of choice?
May 16, 2008 - Vernon Morning Star - Letters
I agree with Mr.Mike Smith in the letters of April 16, 2008 and we
hear a great deal about the smoking doing damage to the health of
How do you parents prevent them from breathing in the air polluted
with many things, especially, the automobile. In a Toronto paper a
couple of months ago, it was mentioned that in the past year 6,000
deaths were from automobile and manufacturing pollution.
Amazing, cigarette smoke was not even mentioned. I would think that
the automobile pollution would be much more than the manufacturing
with the slow down of the manufacturing in the province.
We know for many years Canadians have tried to follow the U.S.A.,
but like little brother who tries to follow big brother in his
actions, can’t quite accomplish it but like little brother grows up
and is not influenced by big brother, however, Canada has never
grown up, it seems. The reason I mention U.S.A. is because they have
been a great influence world wide in clothing, entertainment and so
forth and as I recall, it was U.S.A. who first started this smoking
ban. I feel it is an infringement on freedom of choice.
I agree that smoke-free areas should be available for the nonsmoker
but when they suggest this distance from doorways, how about the car
traffic that quite often parks very close to a doorway. Parked is
fine but starting and stopping can not be eliminated.
I think that when U.S.A. and Canada have so many bigger problems,
such as street drugs that cause robbery, violence, death and so
forth and of course alcohol is not problem free, I think more action
should be taken against them than a cigarette smoker.
No doubt the smoking problem is easier to control but I can’t see
that as an excuse. B.C. has had restrictions for more than 20 years,
Alberta only recently joined the idea and I wonder... is there less
health problem here than in Alberta?... our doctors’ offices have
not gone short of patients for whatever reason.
In research in Alberta a few years ago, five per cent of deaths were
Wonder what happened to the left over 95 per cent?
Laws imposed on people
May 07, 2008 - Vernon Morning Star - Letters
I am against the IHA smoking ban, or for that matter any ban that is
imposed upon us all in the name of good health. I did not ask, or
elect these authorities to be judge and jury regarding my health,
nor did they ask me for my opinion.
I was very upset to see the news cast on CHBC regarding the elderly
lady having to go out to the street for a cigarette. I have
seen situations in health care centres where a resident not being
allowed a cigarette was very bad for their health.
Often it is not an option to take them out to the street. Health is
not just physical, it is emotional, social, and spiritual. Why do we
allow IHA, WCB or any health authority to impose laws and fines on
people all in the name of good health? We all know smoking is bad. We all know trans fats are bad. We all know obesity is bad. I say
that if a person wants to smoke, or eat bacon and eggs every
morning - let them.
It’s their choice. Not yours, not mine, not government. We do not
need to be "ruled" into the same slot!
IHA should instead be providing safe, warm, well-lit smoking areas.
Away from non smokers so they are safe.
And, non-smokers should be rallying for these same things if all we
as a people cherish our right to free choice. I know you will say
all smokers will soon be obsolete anyway, so who cares. But what may
happen then? There will soon be rules or laws that dictate some
other aspect of health.
Let the restaurant owner use trans fat if he or she
chooses. Leave the snack machines in schools and let the
children have their choices. Health authorities should be providing
care, education, and interventions.
They always defend themselves by telling us it’s all for better
health for everyone, which of course is very popular and they win
all the support.
But rules and laws that are not democratically chosen are very
dangerous. Good health will come from a society that embraces the
right to individual choice.
Good health comes from being accepted and respected for our personal
choices with a health care system and a society that
provides education and caring interventions – not judgement and
This article below is one of the best articles we've read on the subject.
April 16, 2008 - Vernon Morning Star
It has recently come to my attention that the province is in the
process of instituting additional laws regarding tobacco
consumption. These “improvements” seem to have gone by without
widespread public discussion, despite directly affecting 10 to 20
per cent of British Columbians, as well indirectly affecting
thousands of businesses.
The sweeping new laws prohibit virtually any establishment from
choosing to allow smoking indoors, regardless of ventilation or
separate rooms, as well creating an arbitrary three-metre radius to
smoke from a door, even at a privately owned business. This is said
to be for the health of the people of B.C.
Well that may well be true. There are however, numerous activities
that many people engage in that are not just unhealthy and dangerous
for themselves, but for everyone. Driving a vehicle, particularly a
sports car, is a perfect example of this. Sports cars are relatively
inefficient, pollute the air that everyone breathes, and encourage
dangerous and excessive speed. The thousands of tons of pollutants
motor vehicles pump out in one year is millions of times worse for
the collective health than every gram of tobacco that has been
smoked since the colonization of the new world.
So, let’s finish the metaphor, obviously smoking hasn’t been
completely banned yet, just heavily restricted, so let’s restrict
all cars that aren’t emission free to sealed, ventilated tracks.
One can drive emission-free cars everywhere where one can chew
nicotine gum. Sure, one doesn’t “need” to smoke, nor does one “need”
to drive a vehicle bigger than a sedan with a four-cylinder in many,
many cases. I don’t smoke cigarettes, and I don’t intend to. but I’m
tired of this nanny state concept that has crept up from nagging
taxpayer-funded commercials, now to the law of the land. This
concept isn’t new, but I’m going to take a shot in the dark here,
most of the people supporting this kind of control don’t know much
common good,” especially when it comes to health, was one war cry
for the fascist movement in Nazi Germany. Yes the comparison is a
bit extreme, but when smokers are compared to the fascists, is it
really a stretch? What’s really wrong here isn’t that people care
about their health, that’s fine, the problem is government forcing
its way into the common dialect and function of the people.
smoke in a restaurant? Don’t frequent that establishment.
Find one of the many locations that currently, and will continue to
offer a smoke-free environment regardless of legislation. If someone
is smoking in your vicinity, and you happen to be allergic, or it’s
just bothering you, try asking them to put it out, or move. If they
say no, it’s like any other issue like this. Count the person off as
a jerk, move, and treat them accordingly in the future. This same
argument could be made for cologne, perfume, bad breath, a nearby
Legislating away everything that offends you regardless of common
sense, or respect for what happens historically when the many or the
loud decide to clamp down on the few, is a sad effort, and I hope
that this is rectified before it gets out of control. When you see
bans on chips and salsa, food heavy in salt or fat, cars that can go
fast, or requiring a special permit to drive a gas guzzling 4x4,
you’ll know it’s too late to go back, because we’ve come too far,
and you’ll realize most regulation of this nature should have
stopped at food safety, freedom and disclosure of information, real
environmental protection, productions standards, economic and
corporate stewardship in general.
No more smoking - Video
From CHBC News Web posted on Friday, 14 March 2008
Some Okanagan bar owners and customers are fired up over new smoking
Smokers have rights
Sept 28, 2007 article from the Vernon Morning Star
Tobacco Prices from sales receipts
If a person smoked a pack a day, what would it cost in total?
$72.01 per carton divided by 10 packs in a carton = $7.20 per pack.
$7.20 per pack times 7 days a week = $50.40 per week
$50.40 per week times 52 weeks per year =
$2,620.80 per year it
costs to smoke a pack a day.
tax on one carton of 200 cigarettes or 17.9 cents tax per cigarette
If a person smoked a pack a day, how much tax would they pay?
$35.80 tax per carton divided by 10 packs in a carton =
$3.58 per pack.
$3.58 per pack times 7 days a week =
$25.06 per week
$25.06 per week times 52 weeks per year =
$1,303.12 per year it
costs to smoke a pack a day.
|News release Federal and provincial governments enter into civil
settlement agreements with two tobacco companies
The payments to be made by Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. and
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. as a result of civil settlements and
criminal pleas entered in court on July 31, 2008 will be distributed
to the governments over the next 15 years, based on percentages to
which all participating governments have agreed. The payments will
be distributed as follows:
click link for info
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