Health Canada cracks down on flavoured cigarettes aimed at young smokers
Packages of flavoured cigars are shown in this Sunday Oct. 3, 2010 photo. (Doug Ives / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, September 29, 2014 8:11PM EDT
OTTAWA - The federal government is aiming to crack down on flavoured cigarettes that target young smokers.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose is proposing regulatory amendments that would further restrict access to the tobacco products.
Her office has announced a 30-day consultation period starting Oct. 10, during which stakeholders will be asked to submit their recommendations to the government.
Ambrose also says she's asking the federal standing committee on health to study the potential risks and benefits of so-called e-cigarettes, and to seek the advice of health experts.
Provincial and territorial health ministers are meeting in Banff this week for their annual meeting. Ambrose arrives at the conference on Wednesday.
Tobacco and e-cigarettes are on the agenda, as is prescription drug abuse and prescription drug pricing.