Flavoured tobacco products

In 2010, federal legislation banned flavours (except menthol) in cigarettes, little cigars/cigarillos (≤1.4g), and blunt wraps;x further amendments implemented in December 2015 extended this to other types of cigars (>1.4g to ≤6g, with tipping paper, or without spiral wrapper), with an exception for “traditional alcohol flavours” (port, wine, rum and whisky).xi The exception for menthol in these products was removed, effective October 2, 2017.xii Further amendments to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act prohibited menthol and clove additives in all tobacco products, effective November 19, 2018.xiii Prior to federal bans, seven provinces had adopted legislation to ban flavours in most tobacco productsxiv (see the Policy Supplement for details). Despite these restrictions, some flavoured tobacco products (e.g., smokeless tobacco, shisha, alcohol-flavoured cigarillos) remain on the market in some/all provinces. 

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.Users of non-cigarette tobacco products were asked if the products they had used in the last 30 days were flavoured. In 2017, 62.0%a of those who had used any non-cigarette tobacco product(s) in the last 30 days had used a flavoured product. This proportion varied by product: flavoured cigarillos were used by 60.7%b of cigarillo users, flavoured chewing tobacco/ pinch/snuff by 72.4%c of users, and flavoured waterpipe tobacco by 88.1%d of users; flavoured cigar use was not reportable in 2017.

Figure 4.7 shows use of flavoured tobacco over time since 2009.


95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates

a: 62.0 [52.5-71.5]
b: 60.7 [47.2-74.2]
c: 72.4 [51.0-93.8]
d: 88.1 [80.6-95.6]