Aggressive target to drive down tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035
OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Every 14 minutes, a Canadian dies from a tobacco-related illness; that's 37,000 Canadians per year. Despite our efforts, there are still millions of Canadians who use tobacco and more than 115,000 Canadians start smoking every
Today, the Government of Canada launched a 7-week public consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada to renew the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy. The proposed strategy will seek to reduce Canada's rate of tobacco use to less than 5% by 2035. This goal will require aggressive new measures that will focus long-term federal action to fight tobacco use. The consultation will run until April 13, 2017.
This consultation is just one of a number of steps that the Government of Canada is proposing to better protect Canadians from nicotine addiction and tobacco use, including:
The consultation paper will serve as a basis in leading discussions with the public as a whole, as well as participants at the National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada which will take place February 28 to March 2, 2017. The Government of Canada is committed to working closely with stakeholders, Indigenous partners, provinces and territories in charting a new course in tobacco control that contributes to the overall vision for a healthy Canada.
For more information on the consultation and how Canadians can participate, please visit the Consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada.
"Canada's tobacco strategy proposes to cut rates of tobacco use in half, to 5% by 2035. I am excited to hear what ideas Canadians have about how we can make this a reality. Canada has long been a world leader in reducing tobacco use, and I am confident that we will continue to see fewer Canadians smoking in the years to come."The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"Despite our ongoing efforts to reduce the overall smoking rate, just over one in ten or about 4 million Canadians, still smoke. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death among Canadians. That's why we are determined to reduce tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035. To help achieve a healthy Canada, I encourage Canadians to have their say about the future of tobacco control in Canada by participating in these consultations."Dr. Theresa TamCanada's Interim Chief Public Health Officer
Consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada Vision for a Healthy Canada An Overview of Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy 2012-17 Share how tobacco products have affected your healthSmoking and Tobacco
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