Canada Bans All Flavors Even American Blend

American Blend cigarettes like Marlboro are now banned in Canada so the Philip Morris International subsidiary Rothmans, Benson & Hedges is now able to only exports its AB products.    Canada’s law banning the manufacture, importation and sale of flavored cigarettes and small cigars, except those with menthol, and prohibiting tobacco product advertising in newspapers and magazines, took effect on October 8th, despite criticism from the tobacco industry and lawmakers in US tobacco-growing States that the measure was too broad and would unfairly restrict the import of US-grown burley leaf since most of it is exported as licorice-cased blended strip ready for use along with other  cocoa and vanilla flavored leaf.  Anti-smoking groups said the criticism was unfounded since Canada did not import any US-grown burley leaf in 2007 and 2008, and “Americanblend” cigarettes make up less than 1% of the Canadian cigarette market. The anti-smoking groups also said fruit-flavored cigarettes and small cigars were marketed like candy to lure young smokers. The law had support from both government and opposition lawmakers (Reuters 10/8).

What makes this particularly interesting is that it now appears that at the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control meeting taking place now in Jordan, the TobReg committee, which is tasked with making recommendations about flavors in cigarettes, is apparently seriously looking at the possibility of recommending the elimination of all flavors – not just the characterizing flavors such as cherry, lemon etc.


#1 Desert Dude on 10.24.09 at 7:08 PM

I find this absolutely amazing as this would deal with the actual components like vanilla, chocolate and licorice but not deal at all with 1000+ additives that are harmful to the smoker!

#2 Vapor Vixen on 11.06.09 at 7:22 PM

Hey Desert Dude your right. Amazing!

#3 OTP Kid on 11.12.09 at 5:00 PM

Canada…the land of the ice wine, the snow shoe and the thunder bay. Canada, where the chins of men are square, and the bottoms of women are round. Canada, where the coins are sometimes called loonies, and the loonies beg you for coins. Canada, a country of two languages, 13 provinces, and only one border. Canada, where marlboros are owned by Imperial Tobacco, but where this Imperial Tobacco is owned by BAT.

Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

#4 John Rolfe on 11.12.09 at 6:28 PM

Tell us more about Marlboros owned by BAT. PMI owns Rothmans, Benson & Hedges which I thought had the Marlboro franchise there. What I do know is that PMI is shitting bricks over the thought that the Canada ban could migrate to the TobReg group of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

#5 OTP Kid on 11.12.09 at 7:28 PM

The Marlboro trademark is owned by Imperial Tobacco, which is a subsidiary of BAT. They’ve had it forever. PM approached them a million times over the decades to get the mark and Imperial would never sell it. Why you might ask..

Imperial Tobacco Canada controls about 70% Share of Market, with two big brands in DuMuarier and Players. ITC never wanted PM’s Marlboro coming into Canada and taking half the business away from them.

Ironically, PM owned Players in the USA and back in the 80’s and 90″s there was a big demand for the Canadian Players in the USA, which ITC ultimately wound up producing for PM to sell in the states under through a distirbution agreement.

#6 Deer Slayer on 11.19.09 at 1:49 AM

I was in Canada a few weeks ago and a store had marlboro’s how they do that?

#7 John Rolfe on 11.19.09 at 11:47 AM

The act was approved October 8, 2009. The ban is contained in Clause 5 of the law which comes into effect based on Clause 18 180 days later or about April 1, 2010.

#8 Dex Winston on 04.21.10 at 3:32 PM

Canada bans flavors in cigarettes, thats great

but they also banned burley tobacco, which is not flavored in this way or marketed towards children

Canada is nothing special, filled with fools just like everywhere else, i should know i live here

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