In 2010, federal legislation came into effect which banned flavours (except menthol) in cigarettes, little cigars/cigarillos (≤1.4g), and blunt wraps;x further amendments that came into force in December 2015 extended this to other types of cigars (>1.4g to ≤6g, with tipping paper, or with non-spiral wrapper), although with an exception for “traditional alcohol flavours” (port, wine, rum and whisky).xi In April 2017, the federal government further amended the Tobacco Act to remove the exception for menthol additives, thus prohibiting their use in cigarettes, blunt wraps, cigarillos, and the types of cigars noted above, effective October 2, 2017.xii To date, seven provinces have also adopted legislation to ban flavours, including menthol, in most tobacco products, five of which are already implemented (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, PEI), with another (Newfoundland & Labrador) to be implemented later in 2017—see the Policy Supplement for further details. Despite these restrictions, some flavoured tobacco products remain on the market in Canada.
Users of non-cigarette tobacco products were asked if any of the products they had used in the last 30 days were flavoured. Overall, 60.4% of those who had used any non-cigarette tobacco products in the last 30 days had used a flavoured product. However, this varied by product: flavoured cigarillos were used by 68.8% of cigarillo users, flavoured cigars by 20.1% of cigar users, flavoured chewing tobacco/pinch/snuff by 57.4% of smokeless users, and flavoured waterpipe tobacco by 85.7% of waterpipe users.
Flavoured tobacco use with 95% confidence intervals
|Product||Percentage of use|
|Flavoured cigarillos||68.8% [60.6-76.9]|
|Flavoured cigars||20.1% [11.1-29.1]|
|Flavoured chewing tobacco/pinch/snuff||57.4% [43.0-71.7]|
|Flavoured waterpipe tobacco||85.7% [76.3-95.1]|
Among Canadians age 15 and older, more than one-third (35.3%) of all respondents said they had ever smoked a menthol cigarette; 1.6% of all respondents had smoked one in the past 30 days.
Among those who had smoked in the past 30 days, 12.0% had smoked a menthol cigarette in that time. The proportions of past 30-day smokers who had smoked a menthol cigarette in that time were greatest among youth aged 15-19 (15.1%) and young adults aged 20-24 (19.5%), compared to older smokers (9.5%, 9.4%, and 11.7% for ages 25-34, 35-44, and 45+, respectively).