Proposed tobacco regulations: Sale of single cigarillos to finally be banned!



    MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coalition québécoise pour le
contrôle du tabac (Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control) applauds proposed new
tobacco regulations introduced today by provincial health minister
Dr. Philippe Couillard. "We are delighted to see that the government is
finally turning its attention to the problem of cigarillos," said Coalition
spokesperson Louis Gauvin. Banning the sale of single cigarillos is one of
several regulatory measures strengthening Quebec's tobacco bill. (The
Coalition's summary analysis can be read at
<a href="http://cqct.qc.ca/Documents_docs/DOCU_2008/DOCU_08_03_05_AnalyseProjetReglementation.pdf">http://cqct.qc.ca/Documents_docs/DOCU_2008/DOCU_08_03_05_AnalyseProjetReglemen</a>
<a href="http://cqct.qc.ca/Documents_docs/DOCU_2008/DOCU_08_03_05_AnalyseProjetReglementation.pdf">tation.pdf</a>.)
    Health groups - in particular, anti-tobacco organizations - have been
calling for a number of these regulatory changes for a long time. "We have
filed numerous complaints over the last several years, regarding tobacco
companies circumventing the goals of the law as a result of unclear wording in
certain sections. The proposed regulations respond to the majority of our
demands," Gauvin added.
    Several other organizations have joined the Coalition in supporting the
proposed new regulations on tobacco products. As of today, their media
releases will be available on the Coalition's website, at www.cqct.qc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Louis Gauvin, spokesperson, (514) 598-5533 or
(514) 816-5493 (cell)


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