The alcohol industry in Yukon didn’t like a government-funded study that put cancer warnings on alcohol bottles. And so, according to emails obtained by the Globe and Mail via an Access to Information request, they lobbied the Yukon government to shut it down.
In December — just a few weeks into the study — the Yukon Liquor Corp. suspended the investigation by researchers from Public Health Ontario and the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research.
The study resumed in March, but references to the cancer risks associated with drinking are no longer on the labels.
As It Happens reached out to the Yukon Liquor Corp. for comment, but didn’t hear back.
Speaking with the Globe and Mail, Corporation president Matt King said the cancer labels were removed due to concerns about “the potential for protracted litigation” — not the science itself.
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Tim Stockwell is the co-principal investigator on the study and the director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. He spoke with As It Happens host Carol Off about why he’s not surprised by these revelations.