Alberta’s Health Minister Stephen Mandel has announced that beginning June 1, 2015, the sale of certain flavoured tobacco products, including cigars and cigarettes, will be banned.

A detailed list of specific products that will be banned has not yet been provided by Alberta Health.  Minister Mandel has stated that menthol tobacco products will not be included in the June 2015 ban.

RCC has contacted Minister Mandel’s office to enquire as to when more information will be provided to retailers and to ensure that retailers have a detailed list of the products affected by the ban in order to plan for the June 1, 2015 implementation date.

The Alberta government’s release can be found here.

Background:

In 2003, the Alberta Legislature passed Bill 33 – The Tobacco Reduction Amendment Act and Bill 206 – The Tobacco Reduction (Flavoured Tobacco Products) Amendment Act, 2013. On November 13, 2014, the Alberta government proclaimed two aspects of Bill 33 which are now in effect. They are:

  • Banning smoking in vehicles with minors present; and
  • Prohibiting the selling, giving, lending or supplying of tobacco products to minors, similar to federal legislation.

On June 1, 2015, the Alberta government will proclaim the remaining aspects of Bill 33 as well as Bill 206, which will:

  • Require minimum pack sizes for specific tobacco products – eliminating smaller, more affordable options; and
  • Ban certain flavoured tobacco products.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director, Prairies at: [email protected] or 204-253-1654/1-888-254-1654