On September 14th the Government of Canada published the results of the 2014-15 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey (CSTADS).1 Among its findings, the CSTADS showed youth smoking rates were at an all-time low at 3%. On the other hand, marijuana remains the most used substance by Canadian youth after alcohol (40%) with a usage rate nearly six times that of cigarettes.
"We all recognize there are important health risks associated with smoking and the fact that kids should not smoke" said Eric Gagnon, Head of External and Corporate Affairs for Imperial Tobacco Canada. "But when 3% of Canadian youth smoke cigarettes versus a rate of 17% for marijuana and four out of five youth are drinking alcohol, one has to wonder why these health lobby groups seem unilaterally focused on lobbying for plain packaging of tobacco products" added Mr. Gagnon.
Because they are being paid to be anti-tobacco, that’s why!