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    Assuming this article is from the States or Australia, the Canadian gov’t and various provinces have banned all these products, to great effect. Having worked in the industry at one time, I have to concur with the tactics being employed in the marketing of flavoured tobacco, and their goal.

    In the short-term, the ban has seriously damaged a couple distributors’ sales numbers up here, but that’s a small price to pay for the overall impact on health care expenditure. It’s likely a couple distributors up here will go out of business because of it, having immersed themselves so deeply in the sale of these products, but I doubt anyone is shedding a tear.

    Good article, these products are pretty sinister really, when you think about it.

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    Kathryn Barnsley

    I enjoyed your article about flavored cigarettes, but would like to make some comments, and give some background about Australia.

    Tobacco manufacturers have increased the toxicity of cigarettes around the world. The US Surgeon General confirmed this in the latest report on smoking and tobacco, and it is well explained on the Tobacco-Free Kids website.
    There ARE flavourings in Australian cigarettes including – Sucrose and/or sucrose syrup, Angelica root oil, Flavour Anise star oil, Cocoa and cocoa products, Acetic Acid, Acetoin, Apple Juice/Concentrate, Carob Bean Extract, Cellulose Fibre, Cocoa Extract, Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Shell Extract, Coffee Extract, Corn syrup, Caramel, Carvone, Cassia extract (fistula), Citric acid, Dill Herb Extract, Ethyl Vanillin, Fenugreek Extract, Fenugreek Oleoresin, Fig juice concentrate and/or extract,Glycerin, Guar Gum, Licorice Extract, Lovage Extract, Maltol, Molasses, (Sugar Cane), Orange Oil, Propylene glycol, Prune Juice/Concentrate, Raisin extract and/or concentrate, Rose Oil (Red),Rum, Spearmint Oil, Vanillin and Menthol. See each tobacco company list on the Australian Department of Health government website – go to the scroll down and click on “Australian cigarette ingredient dislosure”. This is purely voluntary disclosure- most Australian smokers don’t know to look at this list – so it is rarely accessed. It is not checked by any government or regulatory agency.

    In the 2000s a couple of overseas companies tried to market in Australia very obviously fruit and confectionery flavoured cigarettes. The tobacco companies went ballistic and wanted these banned, because they were competitors. Various Ministers, beginning in SA and TAS got terrible excited and had them banned.

    The legislation banning flavoured cigarettes is not worded well but it provides an “out” for Australian tobacco companies, because they argued (and governments supported them) that their flavours are not “obvious” and therefore not unlawful. Governments around Australia stupidly went along with this. The tobacco companies were happy because they shooed away a competitor; the governments were happy because the Ministers were able to big-note themselves and be heroes for “saving children from flavoured cigarettes”. But of course tobacco in Australia remained flavoured and attractive to new users (children).

    The tobacco flavouring issue is a big scam. Tobacco companies have “gamed ” Australian state and federal governments and got away with (even more) murders.

    I have argued for many years for cigarette engineering regulation in Australia, because there isn’t any, and so do Bill King at the Cancer Council in Victoria, Murray Laugesen in NZ and Prof Matthew Peters in NSW. Many tobacco control activists think it is a waste of time to campaign against additives and flavourings because the product is so toxic – we should just get rid of it. But until we can get rid of it, we should at least make an effort to reduce its addictiveness and attractiveness to children and adolescents.

    We should also ban filter ventilation, as Bill King says “… banning filter ventilation may not only reduce the consumer attractiveness of cigarettes, it may have the added benefit of making cigarettes at least marginally less harmful.”

    Suggest further reading – Prof Matthew Peters in the RACGP and Bill King in Tobacco Control. Nigel Gray from the Victorian Cancer Council worked on these issues for many years at an international level.


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