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LAST UPDATE September 14, 2015

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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 a cigarette.

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 682 MILLION 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, do you?

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 discriminatory.

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.

 

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Outdoor smoking ban in Chilliwack goes into effect Oct. 1
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 facts straight.

"They seldom go to the source for information," she said.

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 mayor said.

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 www.chilliwack.com.

Source: http://www.theprogress.com/news/325711371.html

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Using electronic cigs?
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 quit smoking.

"We commend the City of Kelowna for taking swift action to adopt e-cigarette prohibition in the existing bylaw," said Cornell.

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, including:

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 equestrian park

Wilson said banning non-permitted drones from flying over city parks addresses both a privacy and safety concern.

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 weeks.

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Ecigs
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.

Rob McCarroll

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No 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 store.

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 to minors.

“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 candy.

“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 Kendall.

“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 quality control.”

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 for kids.

“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 sale.

“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 therefore illegal.”

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.

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Tobacco Tax

Effective April 1, 2013, the tobacco tax rates are increased to:
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 increased to:
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.

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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.

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Cleanup 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 time.

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 cigarette butts.”

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 freshwater species.

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 health benefits.

“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 there.

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B.C. to fund nicotine replacement therapies to help smokers quit
Vancouver Sun - September 27, 2011

Nicotine replacement 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 their families.

"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 system."

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 disease."

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

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Smokers need protecting, says Jeremy Irons
By Jon Swaine, The Daily Telegraph - April 13, 2011

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 later.

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 comparison".

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U.S. 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 website.

"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."

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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 Rights Tribunal.

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 Arndts.

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 relevant disability.

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

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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.
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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 also objected.

"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 health-care costs.

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Smoking realities
Vernon Morning Star - Okanagan Similkameen - July 27, 2011

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

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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.

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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.


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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


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Study uncovers why smokers gain weight when they quit

Science: Nicotine Decreases Food Intake Through Activation of POMC Neurons
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 less.

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.

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This letter authored by 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.  http://vickimorellphotograp.photoshelter.com/

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 emissions.

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 premature death.

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, wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than cigarette smoke.

Wood smoke contains hundreds of dangerous air pollutants and gases such as:
Particulate Matter 2.5
Carbon monoxide,
Sulfur dioxide,
Nitrogen oxides,
PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Dioxins,
Furans,
Benzene,
Lead,
Cadmium,
Arsenic,
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 Air Alliance
http://www.canadiancleanairalliance.ca
http://coalitionagainstwoodburning.com
"A breath of fresh air - for all generations

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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 Association.

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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

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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 Canada.

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 returned.

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.

Edmonton Journal

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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," Hutchings-Mah said.

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 for Alberta.

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.

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Big Tobacco wins partial victory in Canadian Court

The 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 government.

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 smoking-related illness.
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 costs.

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.”

source: trendsininternationallitigation.com

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Why can't I buy a pack of smokes without harmful additives?

The BC Government is the sole regulator of the sale and supply of tobacco products in BC.  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
Carbon Monoxide
Hydrogen Cyanide
Formaldehyde
Benzene
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 on.

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 click here.

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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.

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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

Source: Health Canada

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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!

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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 CHBC News 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

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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 into effect.

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I don't think I will ever quit smoking now, because I wanna get my money's worth!

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$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.

Sheriff Full Flavour Cigarettes from the Duty Free Store at the Canada/ Border $10.00 per carton ... don't be confused ... its NOT $10.00 per package like it is in B.C.
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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?

SEE $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
Sherriff Cigarettes receipt showing cost of $10 per carton at the Duty Free Store
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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!

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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

US tax exempt on tobacco for use outside U.S.

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

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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!

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What's cheaper, smoking or buying a few new wardrobes as I balloon to 500 lbs.?

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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 16, 2011.

Smoking in parks is not an issue for the City of Vernon, B.C.

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 ever be!

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!

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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 prisons!

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 here.

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.

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 extreme.”

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.

Stop adult bullying!

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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 smoke?

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 Garlick.

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 differently?

It is time that elected officials start taking action and doing what is right for the majority of their residents.

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No plans to boost anti-smoking regulations
Summerland Review - By Wolf Depner - October 27, 2010

Summerland has no immediate plans to follow its northern and southern neighbours in passing tougher anti-smoking regulations.

“It’s not on the radar here at this point,” says Don DeGagne, chief administrative officer.

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 environment.

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 public spaces.

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 says.

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 added.

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.”

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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 eat instead.

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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.

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People have their opinion about smoking, just wish they'd let me have mine!

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.pdf file icon BC Tobacco Tax Rates Feb. 2009

.pdf file icon BC Tobacco Tax Rates March 2010

.pdf file icon 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

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Narcotic Control Regulations

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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 into question.

“This makes it difficult to enforce,” said Ian Wilson, from the city’s parks department, noting the bylaw comes into effect by February.

“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 bylaw.”

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.

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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.

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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 already are!

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 so broke!

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!

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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 Gerstmar Road.

"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 Holmes.

"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.

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If you sit around a campfire and tell me not to smoke your a hyprocrite!

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Smoke pits for some city parks
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - October 19, 2010

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 ban.

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.

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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.

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A CASE 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 19, 2010

Kelowna City Council has effectively banned smoking at all city owned parks.

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 throughout.

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.

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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 discerned.

“There was already a lot of public support,” said the city’s Ian Wilson, referencing a nationwide survey used to argue extending the 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.

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 been successful.

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 business owners.

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With the HST it will now cost the average smoker $323.41 per MONTH to smoke!

 

4 cartons of Canadian Classic kingsize cigarettes cost $288.76 at Shop Easy in Armstrong B.C. on June 24, 2010

BEFORE THE HST
Cost of 4 cartons of cigarettes that would last an average smoker one month before the HST = $303.20

 

AFTER THE HST
4 cartons of cigarettes that will last approx. one month will cost the average smoker $323.41 per month after the HST kicks in July 1, 2010

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 smoking?

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 was 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 of life 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 much happier.

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 hand bullshit!

okanaganlakebc.ca

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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 cigarette brands.

Canadian Classic brand kingsize cigarettes. 20 cigarettes per package and 10 packages per carton.  Canadian Classic brand kingsize cigarettes tar factor 14 - 33 mg and nicotine 1.3 - 2.8 mg.   Rock City tobacco company - A Canadian Manufacturing Tradition since 1899 - Proudly Canadian using some imported materials.
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 website.

 

Comparing Canadian Classics to Viceroy brand cigarettes

  Tar Nicotine Carbon monoxide Formaldehyde Hydrogen cyanide Benzene
Canadian Classics 14 - 33 mg 1.3 - 2.8 mg 16 - 33 mg .077 - .18 mg .13 - .31 mg .046 - .088 mg
Viceroy 15 - 38 mg 1.5 - 3.2 mg 16 - 31 mg .076 - .21 mg .14 - .35 mg .048 - .10 mg

 

Viceroy brand kingsize cigarettes front view   Viceroy brand kingsize cigarettes tar factor 15 - 38 mg and nicotine 1.5 - 3.2 mg.    Viceroy brand kingsize cigarettes back view - Everyday low price

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?

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Council set to approve smoking ban
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 57577 - Oct 16, 2010

Kelowna Council could take the first step to banning smoking in all city parks.

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.

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Cops remove man smoking on plane
Castanet.net - by RCMP - Story: 56627 - Aug 30, 2010

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 Toronto.

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.

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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.

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Maureen Bader: On-line gambling business too risky for B.C. taxpayers
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 the risk.

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 to bear.

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 regulating itself.

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 Federation.

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Smoking bans blamed for uptick in planter fires
CBC News - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Massive Calgary condominium blaze caused by potting soil catching fire

Smokers stubbing their cigarette butts into outdoor planters are causing a spike in fires, according to Co-operators insurance company.

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 Co-operators.

"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 watered.

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If you sit around a campfire and tell me not to smoke your a hyprocrite!

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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.
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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 assistance.

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 fact.

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 HST hellhole.

Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com.

tfletcher "at" blackpress.ca

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.pdf file icon BC Tobacco Taxes Feb. 2009

.pdf file icon BC Tobacco Taxes March 2010

$37.00 per carton of 200 or 18.5 cents per cigarette.

Tobacco Tax Bulletins, Notices and Legislation

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The government would try to make people believe that cigarettes are a method of birth control.

Wonder how many men smoke more due to this advertisement?

Wonder how many men smoke more due to this advertisement LOL!!!

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Response from the BC Ministry of Finance in regards to HST applied to tobacco and cigarettes.

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 1 800 959
5525.

HST Inquiries
Ministry of Finance
http://www.gov.bc.ca/hst/

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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 million.

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.

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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 governments.

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Comprehensive settlement agreements with tobacco companies JTI-MACDONALD CORP.

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HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA

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THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES LISTED ON THE SIGNATURE PAGES ATTACHED HERETO

COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT
as of April 13, 2010

This Agreement made as of the 13th day of April, 2010,

BETWEEN:

JTI-Macdonald Corp. ("JTI-MC")

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Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as
represented by the Minister of Revenue and the
Minister of Justice ("Canada")

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Each Province and Territory listed on the signature
pages attached hereto (the "Provinces and
Territories")

RECITALS

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.

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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....

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Welcome to the web site of FORCES CANADA, the Canadian chapter of the FORCES international smokers' rights movement. We exist in order to help prevent the hysteria and extremism of the U.S.-led anti-smoking movement from infecting and corrupting Canadian society, due process, and the rights of our citizens.

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Smoking ban won’t proceed
Vernon Morning Star - By Brent Mutis - February 13, 2010

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 Dirk.

“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 better.”

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August 9, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes (Pg. 3-4)

8.2 No Smoking Policy (All Directors – Unweighted Vote)

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 bylaw.

#331/04 DINWOODIE/GRAY
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.

CARRIED

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Office of the Auditor General - 1 9 9 6 / 1 9 9 7 : R e p o r t  5

1. Drinking of alcoholic beverages – Government policy – British Columbia.
2. Drinking of alcoholic beverages – Economic aspects – British Columbia.
3. Drinking of alcoholic beverages – Social aspects – British Columbia.
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.

Alcohol
Public spent $2,041 million
Government tax $651 million

Tobacco
Public spent $964 million
Government tax $482 million

Tobacco Taxes
1992 $433 million
1993 $483 million
1994 $482 million
1995 $516 million
1996 $482 million

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Tobacco Act

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.

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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 of age. http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/tobacco/violations.html

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Prohibitions on display or promotion of tobacco products

2.4   A person must not

(a) display tobacco products, or

(b) advertise or promote the use of tobacco by means of a sign or otherwise.

in any manner prohibited by the regulations

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Snippett:

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 for.

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 works)

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$100.00 bylaw fine in Regional District of Central Okanagan Parks for smoking.

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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 bars.

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.

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Butt sparks bush blaze
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - July 08, 2008

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 Avenue.

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,” said Carlisle.

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Hospital butts out smokers
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - May 30, 2008

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 homes.

“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 settings.

“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.”

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Mixed messages
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 get high.

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 town.

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 tax.

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 picture?

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 choice.

Where are we going with all this? You can shoot drugs, smoke crack, but not smoke a cigarette.

W. Travis

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In British Columbia, Tobacco Tax applies to all tobacco products sold at retail. Provincial Sales Tax (PST) does not apply.

http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Consumer_Taxes/Tobacco_Tax/tobacco_tax.htm

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Government or mafia?

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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.

http://www.interiorhealth.ca/information.aspx?id=3266&terms=smoke+free

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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.

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In B.C., premiums are payable for MSP coverage and are based on family size and income. The monthly rates are:

$54 for one person
$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.

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One single pack a day smoker can pay more than $108.59 tax on cigarettes in one month!

$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.

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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 their communities.

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 facilities.


For more information of the Tobacco Control Act and Regulations or for the telephone number of your health authority, please visit: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/tobacco

PDF file icon BC's Tobacco Control Strategy

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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 children.

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 smoke related.

Wonder what happened to the left over 95 per cent?

Agnes Morrison

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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.

Not laws.

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 control.

Shaun Reagh

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This article below is one of the best articles we've read on the subject.

Under attack
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 about history.

“For the 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.

Don’t like 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 racetrack.

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.

Mike Smith

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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 rules.

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Smokers have rights too.
Sept 28, 2007 article from the Vernon Morning Star

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Tobacco Prices from sales receipts

Total Type Store GST Price Per Date
$71.39 carton London Drugs $3.40 $67.99 carton Feb 24/08
$71.19 carton London Drugs $3.40 $67.79 carton Jan 30/08
$71.43 carton Coopers Foods $4.04 $67.39 carton Nov 20/07
$72.01 carton AG Foods $4.08 $67.93 carton Oct 28/07
$68.64 carton Askews Foods $3.89 $64.75 carton Aug 30/07
$19.66 pouch Askews Foods $1.11 $18.55 pouch July 21/07
$7.52 pack Askews Foods $0.43 $7.09 package July 5/07
$66.35 carton Askews Foods $3.76 $62.59 carton Sept 27/06

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.

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$35.80 tax on one carton of 200 cigarettes or 17.9 cents tax per cigarette

http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Consumer_Taxes/Tobacco_Tax/tax_rates.htm

 

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.

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News release Federal and provincial governments enter into civil settlement agreements with two tobacco companies

Payments
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

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m07/nr080731b-eng.html

 

Never doubt the ability of a small group of concerned citizens to change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.

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If you have comments, ideas, solutions, concerns or complaints regarding any level of your local, B.C., or Canada government, please make a comment by filling out the form below and/or comment directly to the government itself.

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