Smoke-Free Nova Scotia (SFNS) responded to Health Canada’s public consultation on the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy. In its response, SFNS declares that it fully supports the need for a strong, comprehensive Federal Tobacco Strategy with the goal of less than 5% tobacco use by 2035. Read the full response here.
The public consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada has an 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 year.
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:
- adopting stringent plain packaging for tobacco products;
- banning the use of menthol in cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars;
- addressing the risks and benefits of vaping products starting with the introduction of new vaping legislation;
- supporting First Nation and Inuit communities in the development and implementation of tobacco control projects that are socially and culturally appropriate, and
- developing new and innovative multi-sectoral partnerships to address tobacco use as a common risk factor for chronic disease.
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 has made great strides in tobacco control, with the overall smoking rate dropping from 22% in 2001 down to 13% in 2015.
- To reduce the appeal of tobacco to youth, the Government of Canada introduced a proposal to ban the use of menthol in cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars sold on the Canadian market.
- To address the e-cigarette market, the Government of Canada recently introduced important legislative measures to protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use while allowing adult smokers to access vaping products as likely less harmful alternatives to tobacco.
- Steps have been taken to prepare for the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products, including consultations on measures to reduce the visual appeal of packages.
“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 Philpott
Minister 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 Tam
Canada’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 health
Smoking and Tobacco
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A fresh approach to tobacco control: raising the minimum legal age for access
John Oyston BMedSci MBBS
Cite as: CMAJ 2017 February 27;189:E293-4. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.161489
As evidence about the harm caused by tobacco smoking accumulated, physicians encouraged people to quit smoking. Subsequently, because governments were convinced that many cancers and other diseases were associated with smoking, and were apprised of their associated costs, public health measures (e.g., banning cigarette advertising) began to gain traction. Once the dangers of second-hand smoke were understood, smoking in public places was prohibited. Now that we know that the addictive substance nicotine is a neurotoxin that damages the developing brain, from fetal life to young adulthood, a new measure is needed to protect young people from tobacco. Increasing the minimum legal age for access to tobacco products to 21 or even 25 years would reduce smoking initiation substantially, reduce the prevalence of smoking, improve health across the lifespan, improve the outcome of many teenage pregnancies and save lives.
Health Canada and Canadian Cancer Society launch renewed Break It Off campaign
Re-launch of successful campaign aims to help young Canadians quit smoking
OTTAWA, Jan. 31, 2017 /CNW/ – Tobacco use and smoking rates in Canada are some of the lowest they have ever been; however, studies show that youth and young adults continue to smoke. To help more Canadians, especially young adults, give up smoking, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society today launched the fourth tour of the Break It Off tobacco cessation campaign.
The Break It Off campaign encourages young adult smokers to “break off” their bad relationship with smoking and stay smoke-free. The Break It Off website has tools and resources that will help young adults work through the various stages of breaking up with smoking. This year’s campaign builds on successes from the last three years, and aims to get young adults involved through a series of interactive activities and events at Canadian university and college campuses.
The Break It Off tour began on January 30, 2017 with an event at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa. On January 31, 2017, the campaign makes a stop at British Columbia Institute of Technology as well as Algonquin College’s Woodroffe Campus in Ottawa. Health Canada encourages young Canadians to visit the Break It Off website to access smoking cessation resources, and to see when a campus event will be in their community.
- The 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey showed that overall cigarette smoking prevalence dropped to an all-time low of 13% in 2015.
- The vast majority of smokers start smoking in adolescence or young adulthood. In Canada, most current adult daily smokers had smoked their first cigarette by the age of 18.
- The Break It Off tour, a collaborative effort by Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, will travel across the country in early 2017, making stops at colleges and universities in every province as well as Yukon, to reach out to young adults and offer them tools and resources to help them stop smoking.
“Every year, thousands of Canadians die from preventable illnesses related to smoking, and thousands of young Canadians start smoking. This is unacceptable. Successful programs such as Break It Off are such an important tool in our fight against smoking as they help deliver the message that quitting smoking is possible and that help is available.”
The Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Health
Break It Off website
SOURCE Health Canada
Smoking: We’ve come a long way. Let’s keep going
It has been 40 years since the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control launched National Non-Smoking Week in Canada, which runs until Jan. 21.
The focus was simple: To educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking.
Now, four decades later, we have seen radical changes in how we view smoking and tobacco use, and more recently, e-cigarette use among our population.
Since the 1970s, Nova Scotia has proudly taken a leadership role. Our policy changes have helped to create a physical and social environment where smoking is no longer the norm. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society named Nova Scotia as a world leader in tobacco control in its 2015-16 Impact Report.
Recently, concerns have been raised globally, most notably by the Surgeon General of the United States, about the public health concerns of e-cigarette use, particularly by youth and young adults.
Here at home we saw that risk and acted early. Almost two years ago, our government took steps to improve two already strong pieces of legislation B the Smoke-Free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act.
We regulated access to e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco, including their sale and advertising, by amending the Tobacco Access Act. We also expanded the definition in the Smoke-Free Places Act to include electronic smoking devices, waterpipes, and other non-tobacco substances.
We can’t allow smoking in public places to become the norm once again. We must remain vigilant and are committed to ensuring our legislation is responsive to changes within our society.
These changes have since been copied by several different jurisdictions, validating the important steps we have taken here in Nova Scotia.
Certainly, these changes wouldn’t have been possible without many dedicated partners such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Smoke-Free Nova Scotia. Working together, Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol. We were also the first province in Canada to regulate e-cigarettes.
Throughout the process of making our policy changes, I always believed there was an important role for the federal government in regulating e-cigarettes. Over the last few years I have continued to talk about the need for a national approach, so it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the federal government for recently tabling a bill on e-cigarettes.
I would be remiss if I did not take time to address the role of individuals.
Quitting smoking can be very difficult and I understand why many people are hesitant to try. However, I want you to know there is help.
Nova Scotians can call 811 to get access to a trained counsellor. They can also go to our Tobacco Free Nova Scotia website for other supports including an online chat, text messaging support, and website resources at www.tobaccofree.novascotia.ca .