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Elaine McCoy’s straight-talk express


 

The Alberta senator insists on applying fact to the great cigarillo debate.

So, what exactly are the facts behind Bill C-32? Proponents of the bill insist that smoking cigarillos leads children to increase their cigarette addiction. Yet Health Canada’s own research fails to support their allegation. According to the latest Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, the trend line for cigarette smokers under 18 has remained virtually flat over the past four years … As to cigarillo consumption … the latest survey clearly demonstrates that most Canadians who buy and consume flavoured tobacco products are of legal age to do so…

Call me a level-headed legislator, if you like, but I must say I prefer to base my decisions on evidence.


 

Elaine McCoy’s straight-talk express

  1. If only all senators were so sensible. Sober second thought, indeed.

    • The PC Party, alive and well.

  2. Putting evidence before politics, stigma, and poorly informed popular opinion? Quick! Somebody stamp on it before it spreads!

  3. Hey Aaron, since we are on the topic of drug use, here is what I found below in your post on our favourite, handsome, anti-drug, impostor-hating ex-MP:
    "Commenting disabled
    Further commenting on this blog post has been disabled by the blog admin. "

    Doesn't happen often at McLeans (thank you editors) so I can just imagine the dripping, libelous schadenfreude you need to suppress.

  4. Hey Aaron, since we are on the topic of drug use, here is what I found below in your post on our favourite, handsome anti-drug, impostor-hating ex-MP:
    "Commenting disabled
    Further commenting on this blog post has been disabled by the blog admin. "

    Doesn't happen often at McLeans (thank you editors) so I can just imagine the dripping, libelous schadenfreude you need to suppress.

  5. Wherry agreeing with an Albertan Senator! What's next, unbiased reporting?

    • grow up

  6. What about the children? Won't somebody please think of the children?

    • And Pop-eye brand candy cigs. A guy's gotta eat.

  7. And to think that this was one of the main pillars of Steve's (possibly illegal) election last year.

    Clear thinking like that shows that Ms. McCoy couldn't be one Steve's recently appointed chair-stuffers. She sits as a Conservative Senator but was appointed by Paul Martin.

  8. Ms. McCoy sits as a Progressive Conservative, one of a few Opposition appointments made by PM Martin, Sen. Segal being another.

  9. "most Canadians who buy and consume flavoured tobacco products are of legal age to do so…"

    Elaine McCoy obviously doesn't know how to interpret statistics. You don't use counts, dummy, you use proportions. Last I checked, there are a heck of a lot more people in Canada aged 20+ than there are people aged 15-19.

    Current nationwide smoking prevalence among teens 15-19 is around 15%. That's a lot of kids. I don't care if it seems like a low 'percentage.' The ideal percentage of smokers is zero, because lung cancer is a horrible way to die. Nine percent (9%) of kids that age report daily smoking. That's about one in eleven. If you're a conservative who's worried about the government infringing upon your rights, then thing of it from the fiscal side: COPD, asthma, emphysema, lung cancer—these are enormously burdensome on us as taxpayers, never mind the misery they cause to those who suffer them.

    Nine percent (9%) of kids 15-19 report smoking little cigars/cigarillos in the last 30 days, compared with 4% of 15+ overall. The rate of little cigar/cigarello use is HIGHER among the younger age group. HIGHER. That's a meaningful interpretation of the statistics.

    CTUMS Summary

    • Also also wik . . .

      I'm calling McCoy a dummy. In a way that seeks to be funny. Probably failed. Not calling Aaron a dummy.

  10. *think* of it from the fiscal side . . .

    I'm so irritated I can't type straight.

  11. Geez,eliminating those flavoured cigarettes was one of the most substantial planks in the Conservative platform last election.