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Health ministers meet to discuss solutions to health-care issues


October 1, 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.

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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.