Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann has released the following statement World No Tobacco Day:
“Albertans have been waiting 5 years for the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act to be fully implemented and enforced.
“Restrictions on tobacco sales to minors, protections for Albertans from secondhand smoke at work and a ban on all flavoured tobacco products. There is no excuse for 5 years of Alberta Government delay for these important policies.
“Alberta also has the most affordable cigarettes in Canada due in part to having the ninth lowest cigarette taxes amongst provinces and territories. Raising the cost of smoking is one of the most effective deterrents and raises revenue to further efforts to save lives.
“On international World No Tobacco Day, we need to recognize both the past decade of progress in reducing youth tobacco uptake and also the gaps the NDP Government in Alberta needs to fill in the fight against tobacco use.
“I will continue to demand the NDP Government follow through on its pledge to stop all private meetings with tobacco lobbyists – an industry that profits from promoting a product that produces addiction, illness and death.”