Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann releases statement on World No Tobacco Day

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.”

Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann demanding answers on NDP secret relationship with the Big Tobacco Lobby

Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann is asking tough questions on the NDP Government’s closed door relationship with the Big Tobacco Lobby.

Dr. Swann stated, “I’m concerned the NDP Government is welcoming tobacco lobbyists to back door meetings despite Alberta’s commitment to stop these secret discussions.”

‘’It’s time the NDP Government comes clean and tells Albertans.”

Dr. Swann is demanding to know if the NDP Government is honouring its commitment to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC forbids meetings behind closed doors with tobacco lobbyists. Canada and its regional governments including Alberta are FCTC signatories.

“The NDP Government also continues to delay implementation of the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act.  It would only take a single cabinet meeting to implement this important piece of legislation. What is the NDP waiting for?”

“Albertans deserve to know if the delay in implementing the legislation is related to these lobbying efforts.”

“This raises questions about the NDP commitment to transparency on this issue.”

“Reducing tobacco use lowers both death rates and health care costs for all Albertans.”

Alberta Liberals are demanding the NDP Government start taking the health of all Albertans more seriously.