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Health Monitor

The Edmonton chapter of Dying with Dignity is hosting a conversation between author Sandra Martin and Dr. David Amies from the Physicians Advisory Council, Dying with Dignity Canada, on Tuesday.

Martin will speak about her book A Good Death: Making the Most of our Final Choices, which explores the history and issues related to assisted death, as well as what the new legislation on medical aid in dying means for Canadians.

The event is in Forsyth Hall at the St. Albert Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register, visit sapl.ca.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta is seeking Albertans to join its Patient/Family Safety Advisory Panel.

The volunteer panel is a group of 11 people from across the province that provide input to improve and promote patient safety in all aspects of Alberta’s publicly-funded healthcare system.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, reside in Alberta, and have a passion for creating a safer healthcare system for Albertans. The panel meets approximately six times a year, alternating between Calgary and Edmonton.

Anyone interested in becoming a member is asked to complete an Expression of Interest form available online at hqca.ca.

The federal government is following in Alberta’s footsteps by moving forward on a proposal to ban menthol in tobacco products.

Earlier this month, Health Canada announced changes that would add menthol to the list of additives banned from use in cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars.

Menthol masks the irritating effect of tobacco smoke by making it easier to inhale, which facilitates experimentation by youth, claims Health Canada.

According to the most recent Canadian student survey, almost half of students who reported smoking cigarettes in the past 30 days reported smoking menthol cigarettes.

Five provinces already ban the use of menthol in tobacco products – Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. P.E.I.’s ban comes into effect May 2017. In Alberta the ban on the sale of menthol flavoured tobacco has been in effect since Sept. 30, 2015.

This spring Health Canada consulted with stakeholders and the general public on the restriction of menthol flavouring in tobacco products. The vast majority of comments received from the public were supportive.

The proposed order can be viewed at gazette.gc.ca, Vol. 150, No. 45. The public is invited to submit feedback for a 75-day public comment period.

Michelle Ferguson: