Forum brings together stakeholders to set the groundwork for achieving aggressive target to drive down tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035
OTTAWA, March 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Although smoking rates are at a historic low in Canada, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death, killing half
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, provided the keynote address at the National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada, which is being held February 28 to March 2, 2017 in Ottawa. The current Federal Tobacco Control Strategy is set to expire in March 2018, and this forum brings together a diverse group of partners and stakeholders to map out a bold new federal approach driven by an aggressive but achievable target: to reduce tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035.
This forum presents a unique opportunity for a diverse group of partners and stakeholders to come together to share ideas on how to reduce tobacco consumption rates in Canada. Discussions among academics, health professionals, law enforcement officials, youth and Indigenous communities, as well as representatives of federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels of government will help to inspire a bold and innovative plan for tobacco control in Canada.
Topics for discussion at the forum include:
The Government of Canada recently launched a consultation process on the future of tobacco control, and all Canadians are invited to share their ideas by visiting the consultation paper before April 13, 2017.
The Government of Canada is committed to charting a bold new course in tobacco control that contributes to the overall vision for a healthy Canada—one where Canadians have the tools and resources they need to make healthier choices, lead healthier lives and build a healthier society.
"Today's forum on the future of tobacco control presents a unique and exciting opportunity to connect with a diverse group of stakeholders on how to achieve our aggressive target, which is to reduce tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035. Our country has a history of innovation in tobacco control, offering Canadians tools to quit smoking, and more importantly, to avoid starting smoking at all. Together we will work to see fewer Canadians using tobacco in the years to come."Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung and cardiovascular diseases. It is also the leading cause of premature death in Canada. One of the best ways we can protect public health is to dramatically reduce tobacco use. While we've made great strides in Canada to do that, we can — and need to — do more. By working together, we can help Canadians lead healthier lives." Dr. Theresa TamCanada's Interim Chief Public Health Officer
Associated Links 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 health Smoking and Tobacco Backgrounder on Plain Packaging Backgrounder on Vaping Products
SOURCE Health Canada
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