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Executive Steering Committee Advises on Reducing Smoking Rates

Province Releases Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization Report

October 10, 2017

Ontario is releasing Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization: Report of the Executive Steering Committee, which includes advice and recommendations to reduce smoking rates across the province.

The province’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, which aims to achieve the lowest smoking rates in Canada, has greatly reduced tobacco use and lowered health risks to non-smokers in Ontario over the past 11 years. As a result of concerted efforts, the province has decreased the smoking rate from 20.9 per cent in 2005 to 17.4 per cent in 2014.

The report, provided by the Executive Steering Committee for the Modernization of Smoke-Free Ontario, offers advice on how the province can continue to tackle smoking rates in Ontario. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, has commended the committee for its report and recommendations, which will help inform the development of an updated Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.

The province is reviewing the recommendations and will continue to work with key experts and advisors to determine the most appropriate action.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.

“Our government is committed to supporting people in quitting smoking and addressing the changing landscape of emerging smoking products and substances. I would like to thank the Executive Steering Committee for their tireless work and for their important report. We will be closely considering the Committee’s recommendations as we work together towards strengthening existing legislation and policies, to ensure that the right tools are in place to protect the health of people across the province.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I am pleased that we have been able to provide the minister with this integrated, systematic series of evidence-based recommendations to appropriately address this major, enduring public health issue. We look forward to working with him to secure their implementation.“

– Dr. Andrew Pipe, Co-Chair, Executive Steering Committee and Division Head of Prevention and Rehabilitation at University of Ottawa Heart Institute

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