Alberta Medical Association president disappointed province didn’t ban menthol

The president of the Alberta Medical Association says he is disappointed the province did not include menthol in its flavoured tobacco ban law.

EDMONTON — The president of the Alberta Medical Association says he is disappointed the province did not include menthol in its flavoured tobacco ban law.

Dr. Richard Johnston says he wrote to Health Minister Stephen Mandel a few weeks ago saying the association strongly supports banning menthol.

He says studies show youth menthol smokers smoke more cigarettes than their non-menthol smoking peers and they are three times less likely to quit smoking than non-menthol smokers.

Johnston praised the government for other steps it announced last Thursday to protect young people from tobacco.

They include making it illegal to smoke in a vehicle when there are children inside.

Johnston says Mandel has indicated the province will take another look at a menthol ban sometime in the future, and when it does he says the association will advocate for the change.

“It is disappointing, therefore, that menthol is not on the list of banned substances at present,” Johnston wrote in a letter to Alberta physicians Tuesday.

“There is still opportunity to advance a menthol ban. The AMA will advocate accordingly as will the Canadian Cancer Society, Action on Smoking on Health and many others.”

The federal, Ontario and Manitoba governments have also balked at including menthol in flavoured tobacco ban legislation.

Just Posted

Women’s marches underway in Canadian cities, a year after Trump inauguration

Women are gathering in dozens of communities across the country today to… Continue reading

Red Deer councillor balks at city getting stuck with more funding responsibilities

Volunteer Central seeks municipal funding after being cut off by government

Olds chicken barn burns to the ground, no livestock harmed

More than 100,000 chickens were saved as fire crews prevent the blaze from spreading

Bear video meant to promote conservation: zoo owner

Discovery Wildlife Park says it will look at other ways to promote its conservation message

Red Deer’s Soundhouse closing its doors on Record Store Day

The owners of The Soundhouse want to shut down their store on… Continue reading

WATCH: Property taxes in Red Deer will go up 2.02 per cent in 2018

City council passes a “tough” budget that maintains most service levels

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month