Society also Welcomes Change to Benefit Charitable Lotteries
TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - A tobacco tax increase of $4 per carton
of 200 cigarettes announced in today's federal budget was applauded by
the Canadian Cancer Society.
"We strongly support the tobacco tax increase because it will reduce
youth smoking and save lives," says Pamela Fralick, President and CEO,
Canadian Cancer Society. "Higher tobacco taxes are the single most
effective strategy to reduce smoking, especially among youth."
The increase announced today is a much-needed inflation adjustment as
there has not been an increase to federal cigarette tax rates since
The Society also applauded the announcement of $91.7 million over 5
years to help RCMP fight contraband tobacco, which builds on other
contraband prevention measures brought forward by provincial and
federal governments in recent years.
The Society also welcomed a proposed legislative change that will allow
charities to use computers and other modern technologies in their
lottery ticket sales and operations. This will reduce administration
costs and allow charities to direct more money raised by lotteries to
their mission-related activities. For example, presently charities must
print and mail lottery tickets, but with the changes announced in the
budget they will now be able to send tickets by email.
"This amendment will result in millions of dollars in savings each year
for Canadian charities that run lotteries," says Fralick. "These funds
can instead be used to support important programs, services and
research that will benefit Canadians."
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization
of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the
quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and
volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers,
in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are
working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information,
visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at
1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).
SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)
For further information:
Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst
Canadian Cancer Society
613-565-2522, ext. 4981