Alberta Bans Tobacco Sales In Pharmacies

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Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies, stores that contain pharmacies, health-care facilities and public post-secondary institutions will be prohibited.

This is the final step in implementing Alberta’s Tobacco Reduction Act . On Jan. 1, smoking was banned in all Alberta workplaces and public places. Smoking within five metres of a doorway, window or air intake of a public place or workplace is also prohibited. As of July 1, the retail display and advertising of tobacco products was banned in Alberta.

“The Tobacco Reduction Act is one of the key elements of our strategy to reduce tobacco use and the harmful effects of second-hand smoke,” said Dr. Raj Sherman, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Wellness. “The majority of Albertans support legislation to restrict tobacco sales and reduce tobacco consumption, especially among young people.”

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“Our commitment is to creating a healthier province with a sustainable health-care system,” said Dr. Sherman. “As such we must take aggressive action to promote health and reduce the harm associated with tobacco use.”

Under this act, tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, specialty tobacco products like chewing tobacco, snus and snuff.

The Tobacco Reduction Act supports the government’s commitment to improve the wellness of Albertans. The legislation is an important component of the Alberta Tobacco Reduction Strategy, which aims to reduce disease, disability and death related to tobacco use by:

* reducing the number of young people starting to use tobacco;
* encouraging and helping tobacco users to quit; and
* reducing non-smokers' exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

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