Northern Researcher to Study Impact of Restricted Tobacco Sales
Prince George, B.C. -A researcher with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC in Prince George, will be taking a close look at the impact age restricted tobacco sales have had on the health of youth.
Dr. Russ Callaghan, has received a $75,000 grant for a one-year project from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH).
His research will examine if the minimum age for tobacco sales in Canada has had any impact on the smoking behaviours of children and youth.
“Experts in Canada and the United States have argued that raising the minimum age of tobacco sales would dramatically reduce smoking among youth and produce long-term health benefits for society,” said Dr. Callaghan. “But surprisingly little research has assessed the impacts of minimum age tobacco restrictions. This CIHR grant will provide invaluable support for our research team to generate scientific results to help guide tobacco-control policy in Canada, as well as in the United States.”
Dr. Callaghan’s research team will include members from the University of Toronto an possible undergraduate students at UNBC.
As part of gathering information for this project, Dr. Callaghan will be using the new Research Data Centre that was recently opened at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).
Would be interesting to see a break down on the number of females versus males that are smoking.
Seems to me that there is a huge increase in female smokers.
We need a study to point out the obvious?
Age restrictions do not stop youth from smoking, just look at how many young teens smoke outside school grounds. Just like obtaining booze, they will always find a way.
If the govt was serious about getting people to quit, they would make cigarettes illegal… for everyone! Unfortunately they make moeney hand over fist through the “sin taxes” and cigarette companies spend huge money on lobby groups and political contributions to keep their industry legitimately in business.
Banning advertising and sponsorships has done little to reduce smoking. Keeping nicotine products out of sight at stores has not done much either.
They should take junk food out of the schools, the fat kids can’t control themselves.
Don’t forget the black market doesn’t have age restrictions.
You can also get your pot from the same dealer.
One stop shopping !
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