By David SheehanPublished June 06, 2019 09:53:29The smoking ban in Canada is set to be reviewed in the fall, and a new tobacco industry advisory panel is expected to recommend that the country end its ban on flavored tobacco products.
Tobacco producers say they are hopeful the industry’s review will be successful, given the government’s decision to delay the deadline for tobacco companies to submit their application for authorization to market their products to Canadians.
“The industry is optimistic that the review process will result in a reasonable and effective tobacco product authorization and licensing system that is safe and effective for the industry,” says Andrew Fung, president of the Canada Tobacco Association.
“We look forward to the government working with the industry to develop an effective regulatory framework to implement the recommendations of this review.”
The Tobacco Products Council of Canada says that, with an expected approval date of June 6, it would like to see the federal government move quickly to repeal the smoking ban, while also supporting other reforms that would further strengthen Canada’s tobacco control system.
The tobacco industry has been lobbying the federal cabinet for years to scrap the ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces and workplaces with more than five employees, but the Conservative government has refused to make the recommendation.