Conservative Party Announcement on Cigarillos and Tobacco Product Marketing Good News for Canadians: Lung Association

    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association was pleased today by
the Conservative Party of Canada's announcement that, if elected, they would
move to crackdown on cigarillos and tobacco product marketing.

    The Conservative Party committed to:

    - Mandating that cigarillos be sold in packages of no less than 20;
    - Prohibit the use of flavours and additives in tobacco that would appeal
      to children and youth; and,
    - Ban all tobacco advertising and promotion (in print and electronic
      media) that may be viewed and read by youth.

    "These are positive steps forward in the fight against tobacco," said
Paul Thomey, Chair of Tobacco Issues for The Lung Association, "Strong
measures such as these not only will protect Canada's children from the
harmful effects of smoking, but will also serve to undermine the tricks used
by Big Tobacco to market their products to the youth of this country".
    An estimated 37,000 Canadians will die this year from smoking-related
diseases and approximately 1,000 die annually from second-hand smoke. Smoking
and tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of lung disease and
death in Canada.
    In order to encourage all parties to make lung health a priority in this
election, this week The Lung Association will launch a national campaign to
empower Canadians to advocate for action on lung health. Canadians are
encouraged to visit on Thursday afternoon for more details and to
make their voice heard in the fight against lung disease.

    Established in 1900, The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest and
most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for
science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy
on lung heath issues.

For further information:

For further information: media representatives: Cameron Bishop, Director
of Government Affairs and Media Relations, The Lung Association, (613)
569-6411, ext 223

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