Tobacco Reduction in Alberta

Tobacco reduction strategy

Creating Tobacco-Free Futures: Alberta’s Strategy to Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use, 2012–2022, outlines a long-range plan to help Albertans avoid and quit using tobacco products.

Menthol tobacco now banned

Although it’s illegal for minors to purchase tobacco, we know that these products are still making their way into the hands of our youth.  In fact, approximately one-third of youth smokers use menthol-flavoured tobacco. Because of this, the Alberta government announced the ban on the sale of menthol tobacco products in May 2015.

Other tobacco-restricting measures have been put into place to help protect young people from the dangers of smoking:

  • November 14, 2014 – smoking in vehicles with minors present as well as selling or giving tobacco products to minors is banned.
  • June 1, 2015 – the sale of most flavoured tobacco products is banned and cigarettes, bidis, blunt wraps and certain cigars are required to be sold in minimum package sizes.
  • June 1, 2015 – retailers are notified that menthol will be banned.
  • September 30, 2015 – the sale of menthol flavoured tobacco products in Alberta is banned.

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Tobacco Reduction Amendment Act – 2013

On November 7, 2013, Bill 33 – The Tobacco Reduction Amendment Act, 2013 was introduced in the Legislative Assembly. The new legislation would amend Alberta’s Tobacco Reduction Act to better protect Albertans from the harmful effects of tobacco, tobacco-like products and second-hand smoke.

Tobacco Reduction Act – 2008

On January 1, 2008, the Tobacco Reduction Act became law. The Tobacco Reduction Act:

  • Prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces;
  • Bans retail displays, advertising and promotion of tobacco products; and
  • Prohibits the sale of tobacco products from all health-care facilities, public post-secondary campuses, pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy.

Under this Act, tobacco products include any products composed in whole or in part of tobacco, including tobacco leaves or any extract of tobacco leaves. This includes:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Cigarillos
  • Pipe tobacco
  • Specialty tobacco products like chewing tobacco, snus and snuff

Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Act – 2003

In 2003, the Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Act was proclaimed to promote the health of young persons by restricting their access to tobacco products. Under the Act, young persons under the age of 18 in possession of or consuming tobacco products could be found guilty of an offence and liable of a fine of not more than $100.

  • This Act and regulations are now part of the Tobacco Reduction Act and Regulations.