Alberta passes bill allowing it to sue tobacco companies for health costs

EDMONTON — Health groups are celebrating after a bill was passed allowing the Alberta government to sue tobacco companies for health-care costs associated with tobacco-related diseases.

EDMONTON — Health groups are celebrating after a bill was passed allowing the Alberta government to sue tobacco companies for health-care costs associated with tobacco-related diseases.

Tony Hudson of the Lung Association says they are delighted Alberta has joined with other provinces to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the health-care impact of its marketing practices.

Under Bill 48, the Right of Recovery Act, the government can sue to recover the “cost of health services caused or contributed to by a tobacco-related wrong.”

Action on Smoking and Health spokesman Les Hagen also applauded the move.

He says the Alberta government now has a tremendous opportunity to help offset the rising costs of health care while holding the tobacco industry accountable for its actions.

Hagen also encouraged the government to launch a lawsuit as soon as possible.

The health groups estimate about 3,000 Albertans die per year from tobacco-related illness.

Alberta joins a list of provinces that have passed similar legislation, including Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and New Brunswick.

Just Posted

Bighorn Country telephone town hall for Red Deer area set for Wednesday

Residents can phone in from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to hear about the project or ask questions

Central Alberta real estate sales follow a familiar pattern

2018 house sale numbers mirror 2017 in central Alberta

Red Deer hospital settles dispute, welcomes neonatal nurse

A dispute over nursing levels at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s emergency… Continue reading

Drumheller-Stettler MLA quits UCP

Rick Strankman to sit as Independent

UPDATED: Missing Innisfail and Red Deer children found safe

RCMP say two missing central Alberta children have been located in Airdrie,… Continue reading

Lucic, Kassian each score twice to power Oilers in 7-2 win over Sabres

EDMONTON — Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored a pair of… Continue reading

Big Valley family gives back to community

Donates $24,560 to Stettler Health Foundation and Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital

Giordano notches three points to lead Flames in 7-1 blowout of Coyotes

CALGARY — Flames captain Mark Giordano celebrated his 800th NHL game in… Continue reading

All-female team out to prove women racers aren’t a gimmick

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every racing series in the world is full… Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ final season to debut on April 14

NEW YORK — “Game of Thrones” fans, get ready. HBO announced Sunday… Continue reading

Kylie Jenner loses record for most-liked Instagram post

NEW YORK — Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement is no longer the most-liked… Continue reading

Study shows black bears need a variety of salmon species to be healthy

VANCOUVER — Black bears need access to different species of salmon rather… Continue reading

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

WASHINGTON — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor… Continue reading

Most Read