Overall tobacco use rate declines, but work still to be done
OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Tobacco use andthe problematic use of substances can negatively impact families and communities, and increase costs for our healthcare system.
Today, Statistics Canada published the results of the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey (CTADS) 2015. The
The CTADS results show progress in reducing smoking among adults. They also highlight the work still to be done with youth, in areas including tobacco, supporting our efforts such as the recently proposed ban on menthol in cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars, introduce plain packaging for all tobacco products, and regulate vaping products.
Data on the use of cannabis highlight the importance of legalization and strict regulation in this area, while alcohol use by Canadians aged 15 years and older was unchanged from the previous survey.
The Government of Canada remains committed to making evidence-based health policy and regulatory decisions, and the CTADS data are an important resource.
Other illicit drugs:
"While I am happy to see that the overall smoking rates have fallen, the CTADS data show we still have work to do. We must continue the fight to reduce the rates of tobacco use, particularly among youth. We must also remain vigilant in moving forward with our partners in addressing the problematic use of other substances as well."
Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
Associated LinksCanadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey The Daily: Statistics Canada's official release bulletin National Anti-Drug Strategy Federal Tobacco Control Strategy Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
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