Tobacco

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

Best Indie Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

The Huffington Post Canada | Trevor Risk | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Music

2014 is half over, and even though there are still some upcoming releases for the back nine of the calendar that are sure to make many critics’ year...

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

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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...

First Nations Need Tobacco More Than Harper's Law and Order

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Tobacco is much more than money for Canada's Mohawk people -- it's a source of economic independence, a non-handout form of income that goes well with aspirations of independence and self-reliance. And these are good and necessary goals. Yes, it's also been deemed illegal and is likely going to draw the communities into a collision with the federal government, but in the meantime tobacco is a desperately-needed investment in the community. Until we discover oil or invent a better iPad (and I hope we do both), tobacco is the best we've got. We're beginning to make some real money through entrepreneurship, and if it takes cigarettes and gambling in the beginning, so be it.

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.

Warning Labels and the Psychology of Climate Change

Rob Shirkey | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Rob Shirkey

Ever since launching our project to put climate change warning labels on gas pumps, people have frequently told me, "My friend still smokes, so warning labels don't work." They draw a very general conclusion from a very particular example. First, if you want to learn about the effectiveness of tobacco warning labels, you need to look at the studies. Second, if want to learn about the potential impact of our warning labels, you need to look at human psychology and the nature of climate change.

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.

Big Tobacco Lawyers Attack Expert's Credibility

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - A Quebec judge has agreed to hear the testimony of a prominent witness in a massive class-action lawsuit against Big Tobacco, a man the ind...

Is THIS What Your Body Looks Like On Tobacco?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Living

Smokers, you aren't looking so good on the inside. In a new ad campaign by the Cancer Society of Finland, the 'Tobacco Body,' goes beyond the imag...

When Facebook Goes Public, So Will Your Secrets

Paul Barter | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada
Paul Barter

Facebook's profits are tied to a morally questionable business model; one that is addictive, and insidious for users. For all the good that Zuckerberg's company has done for reconnecting people, and letting them communicate with one another, Facebook exists to extract from those relationships the secrets of what makes us tick consumers.

Denying Climate Change is Worse Than Stealing

David Suzuki | Posted 04.23.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Climate scientist Peter Gleick recently leaked documents from the Heartland Institute's board of director's meeting, proving the organization is using its taxpayer-supported status to spread lies and misinformation. Stealing is wrong, but Heartland is wrong when it lies about the most serious threat to humanity.

Why Is This Tobacco Giant Suing Australia?

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada Business

CANBERRA, Australia - Tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing the Australian government over legislation banning logos and brand imagery on cigarette pac...

Denmark's Big Fat Tax (and What it Means for Us)

David Gratzer | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
David Gratzer

Only you can manage your own diet and your own calorie intake. No government, no restaurant, no physician can do it for you. It's this complexity that makes personal health responsibility so important in reversing the obesity epidemic.

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.

Big Tobacco Will Try To Get $50 Billion Ontario Lawsuit Dismissed: Group

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.21.2011 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Tobacco companies targeted in a $50-billion lawsuit by the Ontario government are expected to argue they're outside the province's jurisdict...