Statement on National Non-Smoking Week

STATEMENT BY THE HON. DR. K. KELLIE LEITCH ON NATIONAL NON-SMOKING WEEK

The Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch today issued the following statement to mark National Non-Smoking Week, taking place from January 18 to 24, 2015:

“During this National Non-Smoking Week I encourage all Canadians to commit to becoming and staying smoke-free. Each year, more than 37,000 Canadians die from diseases caused by smoking and second-hand smoke. Smoking is a considerable national health problem that affects our communities and health care system.

“Our Government has worked to combat this problem by working with our partners from across the country, and have taken action to curb the problem by targeting smokers aged 20 to 24 to quit smoking; prohibiting tobacco advertising in daily newspapers and free entertainment weeklies; restricting access to tobacco products, especially for youth; and combating the trafficking and cross-border smuggling of contraband tobacco.

“It is promising to see that smoking rates among 15-years and older have dropped from 25 per cent in 1999 to 16 per cent in 2012. We of course still have work to do, which is why our Government is renewing our commitment to the Tobacco Act which will restrict the addition of additives which are used to market tobacco products to youth. Our Government will continue to help Canadians become smoke free.”

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