Province to Place Restrictions on Tobacco Sales

By Sarah Klein

The Manitoba government is limiting the places where tobacco products can be sold in the province.

Legislation would ban the supply of tobacco in pharmacies, health-care facilities, and vending machines.

“Tobacco takes a terrible toll on the health of Manitobans and costs $237 million annually in related health costs,” said Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau. “Research has shown that making it harder to buy tobacco products helps reduce the number of smokers and helps prevent youth from taking up smoking in the first place.”

The proposed legislation meets the standards suggested by the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists and the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association.