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Sharp rise in sales of untaxed cigarettes in Canada threatens public health

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39205.657060.DB (Published 10 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:974
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The 70 member Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco has launched a national campaign to persuade the provincial and federal governments to crack down on the illegal tobacco market. Cigarettes can be bought easily for about a 10th of the price of their legal counterparts on the streets of Canada's major cities.

    Early release articles on the website of the Canadian Medical Association's journal show that the illegal cigarettes are typically sold in plastic bags, with no health warnings, for as little as C$8 (£3.60; €5.30; $7.20) for 200 cigarettes, whereas legal brands cost as much as C$80 (www.cmaj.ca dois: 10.1503/cmaj.070562 and 10.1503/cmaj.070609).

    Canada's …

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