Ambrose meets with provincial, territorial health ministers to tackle health-care issues

The Canadian Press
October 01, 2014
By The Canadian Press
Oct. 1, 2014 – Flavoured cigarettes, prescription drug abuse and dementia are top of the agenda as federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose arrives in Banff, Alta., on Wednesday for a two-day meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts.
The ministers plan to discuss co-operation on some of the country's most pressing health-care issues.

On Monday, Ambrose announced the Conservative government will propose regulatory amendments to further restrict access to flavoured tobacco products.

Health groups are calling on other governments to follow Alberta's lead and ban flavoured tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.

The ministers will also discuss prescription drug abuse, drug pricing and the need for a national strategy on dementia.

Mimi Lowi-Young, head of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, says combating dementia is an important issue, since dementia-related diseases cost the economy $33 billion a year.

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