Statement by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, on Tobacco Control
OTTAWA, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Canada is a world leader in tobacco
control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada, with smoking rates
dropping to a historic low of 17%. The number of Canadians who smoke
on a daily basis is even lower, at 13%.
Our government is proud of the work we have done, and is now refocusing
our anti-smoking grants and contributions program towards populations
with higher smoking rates. In particular, aboriginal populations
within Canada have rates as high as 50%.
We are committed to helping all Canadians in their fight against
smoking. Our Government has introduced new warning labels on cigarette
packages, which contain a national quitline phone number for people who
want help quitting. We have banned flavoured little cigars, which were
clearly targeted towards youth.
These initiatives will continue.
The current tobacco program is a decade old. It has helped contribute
to success, but now is the time to make changes that focus on those
populations that are smoking far more than the national average.
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