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MP calls for crackdown on candy-like cigarillos

The National Post, Canwest News Service, Mia Rabson, Wednesday, March 05, 2008

OTTAWA - Cigarillos that look and taste like candy are intended to encourage children to smoke and should be subject to all the restrictions placed on cigarettes, a New Democrat MP says.

Judy Wasylycia-Leis plans to introduce a private member's bill in the coming weeks that would require cigarillos to be packaged and labelled under the same regulations as cigarettes.

Right now they are not subject to the same warning labels and sales restrictions, and can be sold individually.

"These are tobacco products designed specifically for kids to attract them to the idea of smoking at a young age," said Ms. Wasylycia-Leis, a Winnipeg MP.

Some cigarillos are marketed with sweet-tasting flavourings such as fruit -- or even peanut butter and jelly.

A Health Canada study in 2007 found 12% of Canadian teens are smoking cigarillos, but because of the way statistics are collected on smoking, many of those youths are not factored into smoking rates.

Smoking statistics generally count only those who say they smoke cigarettes. Five per cent of teenagers between 15 and 19 smoke cigarillos and are therefore excluded from smoking rate data.

Ms. Wasylycia-Leis said Canada is also in contravention of an agreement it signed with the World Health Organization related to smoking products.

Many of the cigarillo products are packaged in such a way that most parents would not know what they were if they found them in their children's belongings, she said.

Ms. Wasylycia-Leis's legislation would require cigarillos to be packaged no less than 20 per pack, and would ban flavourings. The bill also would require that cigarillo packages carry a warning label covering 50% of the package surface -- the same requirement as for cigarettes.

National Post

Father's suicide becomes rallying cry for fairness in court

April 1, 2000

BRANDON, Man. - Thirty-five years ago today, Lillian White gave birth to her youngest son. Yesterday, she knelt down and kissed his coffin at his graveside.

Darrin White committed suicide two weeks ago in Prince George, B.C., after a judge ordered him to pay his estranged wife twice his take-home pay in child support and alimony each month.

In death he has become a poignant symbol of family courts gone awry, of a divorce system run by people with closed minds, hard hearts and deaf ears.

Teen depression on the increase in U.K.- teen suicide statistics

Teen depression on the increase

More and More teens are becoming depressed. The numbers of young people suffering from depression in the last 10 years has risen worryingly, an expert says.

BBC, UK, August 3, 2004

Government statistics suggest one in eight adolescents now has depression.

Unless doctors recognise the problem, Read More ..uld slip through the net, says Professor Tim Kendall of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

Guidelines on treating childhood depression will be published next year. Professor Kendall says a lot Read More ..eds to be done to treat the illness.

Family Conflict and Suicide Rates Among Men

by Dr. Hazel McBride Ph.D. June 9-10, 1995

Violence and Abuse within the Family: The Neglected Issues

A public hearing sponsored by The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools on June 9-10, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Transcript of Dr. Hazel McBride's presentation on the relationship between family conflict and suicide rates among men.


Reasons Why Young Men Commit Suicide

PA News, U.S.A., By John von Radowitz, Science Correspondent, September 28, 2003

Broken marriages, living a single life and lack of income are the three factors chiefly to blame for a surge in suicides among young men, a new study has shown.

Suicide rates in England and Wales have doubled for men under 45 since 1950, but declined among women and older age groups of both sexes.

Researchers trying to discover why found that between 1950 and 1998 there were worsening trends for many suicide risk factors.

These included marital break up, birth and marriage declines, unemployment and substance abuse.

But those most associated with young men aged 25 to 34 were divorce, fewer marriages, and increases in income inequality.

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Quebec men more likely to commit suicide than women

Rate is especially high among baby boomers, statistics reveal. Read More ..

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Centre for Suicide Prevention 

The Centre for Suicide Prevention has three main branches:

The Suicide Information & Education Collection (SIEC) is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

The Suicide Prevention Training Programs (SPTP) branch provides caregiver training in suicide intervention, awareness, bereavement, crisis management and related topics. Suicide Prevention

Research Projects (SPRP)  advocates for, and supports research on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

invisible suicides

Invisible Suicides

StatsCan recently reported on a 10% increase in suicides. But StatsCan persists in ignoring the group of Canadians at greatest risk for suicide, as do the media and professional reports.

Suicide is a microcosm for those most under stress and most at risk of unresolved crisis in society. Suicides may logically be categorized as 100% citizens of Canada, and then as 79% male. The most critical measure of depression - suicide - is counted overwhelmingly in male corpses. For over 23 years widespread media and professional attention concentrated on 12,500 AIDS deaths, compared to little concern with 92,000 suicides.