Cigarettes

Keep Health Warnings Off Junk Food

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The tendency for governments to increasingly regulate the advertising industry, whether in the name of consumer protection or for health concerns, is already on full throttle. After cigarette packs, don't be surprised if sooner or later you see plain bags of chips on the shelves of convenience stores, or plain-packaged chocolate bars. Politicians stand on a steep, slippery slope that could lead to private property and intellectual property violations, and destruction of brands. The economic consequences should be weighted carefully. And such policies backed by solid empirical data, not merely good intentions.

This Is Why It's Vital You're Successful the First Time You Quit Smoking

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

The pain and terror that seem, for those first few days, like everything -- seen, smelled, tasted, heard, felt -- will be replaced by a longing similar to the kind one feels towards an old paramour. It is even possible that you will be capable of returning to the warm arms of the infrequent cigarette at some distant speck in the future without drowning again in the compulsion.

What the Anti-Tobacco Groups Get Plain Wrong

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Even if you don't share my live-and-let-live philosophy, there are some pragmatic and empirical arguments to be made against several of the measures promoted by the very well-organized and very well-funded worldwide anti-tobacco movement.

Students Who Smoke Only Pot Perform Better Than Those Who Smoke Cigarettes Too

University of Toronto News | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

New study identifies which youth are most at risk, researchers say (photo by Drome via Flickr) It used to be that the kids out in the bushes smoking m...

Why Flaherty's Sin Tax on Cigarettes Won't Work

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This is precisely what happened in Canada in the early 1990s. Indeed, following a steep increase in duties and taxes applicable to tobacco products by the federal government and the provinces, a vast illegal trade in cigarettes sprang up. Contraband's share in the Canadian tobacco market jumped from 1 per cent in 1987 to approximately 31 per cent by the end of 1993.

Let's Get Serious About Cigarette Litter - No Ifs, Ands or Butts!

David Suzuki | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's astounding how many people who would likely not otherwise drop garbage on the ground see nothing wrong with flicking cigarette butts without regard for where they land. It may seem trivial, but it's not.

Quebec To Prisoners: Butt Out

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada

QUEBEC - The Quebec government has announced its intention to prohibit smoking outright in provincial prisons within a year — the last Canadian juri...

Just How Scary Are Canadian Cigarette Health Warnings?

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Living

WARNING: This post contains graphic images of those affected by smoking and affiliated diseases. TORONTO - When it comes to warning people about the ...

Cigarette Warning Labels Help Ex-Smokers Resist

CBC | Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada Living

Warning labels on cigarette packs help former smokers to avoid lighting up again, Canadian and international researchers say. ...

May We Offer You a Crack Pipe Instead?

Miranda Frum | Posted 03.05.2012 | Canada
Miranda Frum

While Health Canada refuses to authorize the selling of healthy e-cigarettes, Vancouver's Coastal Health Authority has begun to give out free crack pipes. No longer will crackheads have to stand outside and brave the elements!

Smoking And Stroke: Smokers Have Strokes At Younger Age, Study Suggests

CP | Anne-Marie Tobin, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new comparison of patients at an Ottawa stroke prevention clinic suggests that those who smoke have strokes or mini-strokes at a younger a...

Thank You For Not Scaring Me

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Credit is due to the Ottawa government for having picked Ms. Tarbox as their new poster child. But for every Barb Tarbox, there is a James Dean. For every death statistic, there is a hero, real or fictitious who has beaten the odds and has come out on top.

Smoking Makes You Bad In Bed

The Huffington Post Canada | Martha Edwards | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada Living

The Marlboro Man is meant to be the epitome of masculinity -- handsome, aloof and strong enough to make any woman feel dainty. And yet there's one dep...