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Tobacco Reduction: Access to Products


  • Tobacco reduction,
  • Economic environment,
  • Community,

Reduce access to tobacco products

How to implement

Did you know: Although the Government of Alberta increased cigarette taxes by $1 per 20-pack in 2015, cigarettes in Alberta are still among the most affordable in Canada.1

  • Support restrictions on the sale of tobacco-related products (e.g., cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, shisha, waterpipes) to youth.2-5

Did you know: Stronger enforcement of sales laws is needed to successfully reduce youth smoking.2, 6

Try this: Further restrict the sale of tobacco-related products in the community by implementing stronger tobacco retailer licensing laws. Consider implementing strategies in the physical and policy environments to take further action on restricting access to tobacco-related products.

Did you know: In 2016, the City of Lloydminster passed their Business License Bylaw (16-2016), requiring any business in Lloydminster that sells tobacco products, waterpipes or electronic cigarettes to pay an annual fee. The money collected supports community tobacco reduction efforts

  1. Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta. Alberta tobacco reduction report card. Alberta: Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta; n.d. Available from:
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Best practices for comprehensive tobacco control programs. Washington (DC): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2014. Available from:
  3. Harvey J, Chadi N. Preventing smoking in children and adolescents: recommendations for practice and policy. J Paediatr Child Health. 2016;21(4):209. Available from:
  4. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Smoking: preventing uptake in children and young people. NICE guideline. London: NICE; 2008. Available from:
  5. Community Preventive Services Task Force. Community mobilization with additional interventions to restrict minors' access to tobacco products. CDC community guide. Washington (DC): CDC; 2014. Available from:
  6. Sully E, Dobbins M. Health-related effects of government tobacco control policies: evidence and implications for public health. Health Evidence. 2016. Available from:



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