Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council

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The Canadian Tobacco Manufacturer's Council (CTMC) is a trade and lobbying group for cigarette companies in Canada similar to the Tobacco Institute in the U.S. (The Tobacco Institute was disbanded as a term of the 1998 American Master Settlement Agreement). CTMC's membership is made up of four major Canadian cigarette manufacturers: Imperial Tobacco Canada (a subsidiary of British American Tobacco), Rothmans Tobacco, Benson and Hedges, Inc., and Japan Tobacco Inc.-Macdonald. CTMC fights anti-smoking legislation in Canada.

Strategies and Programs

CTMC supports and funds a youth smoking prevention program called Operation I.D. that aims to eliminate underage tobacco access.

CTMC also funds a group called the Fair Air Association, that promotes ventilation rather than the institution of public smoking restrictions as a means of solving indoor problems with secondhand tobacco smoke, a standard tobacco industry tactic.

The Canadian Tobacco Manufacturer's Council also financially supports an online smokers rights group called that opposes smoking restrictions. [1]

In 1978, CTMC's official position was that smoking did not cause disease. [2]

When pressured by public attention to the issue of youth smoking, CTMC adopted voluntary measures regarding marketing to youth to stave off further regulation of the tobacco industry in Canada.[3]


Catheryn Doyle
Imperial Tobacco Canada
(514) 932-6161 Ext. 2113

Karen Bodirsky
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Inc.
(416) 442-3660
Cell (416) 671-7579

David McCullagh
JTI-Macdonald Corp.
(905) 804-7345


  1. Imperial Tobacco Canada's web page about the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council, accessed December 4, 2007
  2. CTMC Position Paper, Macadoo MTL, Massicotte GP, June 29, 1978, Telex, Philip Morris Bates No.2024978104/8107
  3. "Exhibit III: Sumnmary of CTMC Voluntary Undertakings on Tobacco Code and Related Matters" November 28, 1986, Report, Bates No. 506615812/5815