Big Tobacco and mini marts take on the pot bill

At hearings in Ottawa, some heated words over how the government should handle the packaging and branding of pot

Kicking an old habit

Say goodbye to cigarette lighters in your car

Trouble at the smoke shack tax-free native cigarettes, a big business in Ontario and Quebec, are now a problem for Western provinces, too

Native cigarettes are now a problem for Western provinces, too

Tax-free have long been a big business in Ontario and Quebec

Give mom a cigarette break

Give mom a cigarette break

They may say they’re going out for milk, but secret smokers go to great lengths to feed their habit

No smoking, please

No smoking, please

Characters on ABC’s new show will be flying high—but they won’t be able to light up.


Iceland considers relegating smokes to the pharmacy

Cigarettes would only be available with a prescription

New cigarette warnings? Please.

Graphic labels won’t deter young smokers, nor motivate those already addicted to quit


What she meant to say

On September 28, the Globe reported that provincial health ministers had been told by that the federal government would not be moving forward with new warning labels for cigarette packaging. When NDP health critic Megan Leslie asked about the apparent cancellation that day in the House, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq ignored the question. A month and a half later, Ms. Leslie asked again about the apparent decision and again Ms. Aglukkaq ignored the question.


Butting out in Havana

Smokes for seniors are among the targets of Castro’s austerity drive


Elaine McCoy’s straight-talk express

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


Best Cigarette Advertising Campaign Evah

This was just e-mailed to me, and I can’t believe I didn’t think to look for it online: my favourite cigarette ad campaign ever, Camel’s “More Doctors Smoke Camels!” campaign. I first heard this on an old tape of Abbott and Costello radio shows from the ’40s, and this is the TV version. It is essentially the same as the radio version — same slogan, probably even the same announcer — except that it ends with a shot of a woman who is either not a doctor or the most elegantly-dressed medical professional in the world. Because one of the early rules of TV advertising was to get a hot woman into the commercial, no matter what the product was.


Smoke more! It’s good for the economy.

Chinese schools were told to buy 140 cartons or else