Several NGOs provided nearly identical comments that the proposed regulations would be a significant step towards protecting children from the lure of tobacco products in convenience storesHow's that 'significant step' working out then?
EDMONTON - More young Albertans are taking up the smoking habit, Alberta Health said in its annual report released Thursday, particularly those aged 20 to 24.That pesky 'forbidden fruit' effect, eh? Will the tobacco control industry ever learn?
While the smoking rate for that age group declined between 2003 and 2009, it started to trend upward in 2010.
In 2009, 25 per cent of people in the age group reported smoking. By 2010, that number had grown to 30 per cent, officials reported in the 2011-2012 summary. Those statistics, originally reported as part of Statistics Canada’s community health survey, also showed an increase in the number of teens smoking, going from 12 per cent in 2009 to 13 per cent in 2010.