Tob Control 8:411-420 doi:10.1136/tc.8.4.411
  • Special Communication
  • Special communication

Smokeless tobacco in Canada: deterring market development

  1. Robert G Wyckham
  1. Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6, Canada
  1. robert_wyckham{at}
  • Received 12 February 1999
  • Revised 16 February 1999
  • Accepted 7 July 1999


DATA SOURCES A review of the literature identified demographic, cultural, and marketing variables related to the uptake and continuation of smokeless tobacco use. Government and industry data on production, marketing, and consumption of smokeless tobacco products are presented.

METHODS The Canadian and American markets are compared in terms of prevalence, consumption per capita, and marketing practices. Lessons to be learned from the well-orchestrated development of the American market in the past 30 years are examined. Canadian tobacco regulations are described. Strategies by which the increased exploitation of the Canadian smokeless tobacco market can be deterred are discussed.

CONCLUSIONS A long-term, independently financed strategy built around a national smokeless tobacco de-marketing organisation with a constellation of private local institutions is suggested as a means of combating smokeless tobacco marketing efforts.


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