Increased tobacco reduction measures needed for Alberta youth: Canadian Cancer Society
With lung cancer expected to claim the lives of more than 1,500 Albertans this year, the Canadian Cancer Society wants more tobacco prevention measures put in place.
"Preventing lung cancer and other tobacco-related disease is paramount. We know that the majority of folks start smoking at the age of 18. So what we're focusing on is banning flavoured tobacco products, reducing tobacco sales to minors and reducing the affordability of tobacco products," said Angeline Webb, CCS Alberta/Northwest Territories Government Relations Specialist.
Webb says protecting kids from tobacco use is very important.
Adding that they are encouraging the Alberta Government to move forward with their recommendations.
Saying the Canadian Cancer Society hopes the province will move forward quickly with renewing the Tobacco Reduction Strategy.
In its latest annual report yesterday, the Canadian Cancer Society estimated that 16,100 Albertans will be diagnoses with cancer this year, while 6,300 will loose their battle with the disease.