TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased with
the Ontario government's decision to introduce a tobacco tax increase
of $3.25 per carton and its continued focus on health promotion
initiatives that benefit Ontarians of all ages.
The province has not increased tobacco taxes since 2006.
"Today's budget reaffirms the Ontario government's commitment to cancer
prevention and steps like increasing tobacco taxes will have a
tremendous impact on saving lives," says Kelly Gorman, Senior Manager,
Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division.
"We know that higher tobacco taxes are the single most effective
strategy to reduce smoking, especially among youth."
About half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living and
policies that protect the health of Canadians.
The Society also welcomes government's measure to invest $32 million in
Student Nutrition Programs. Introducing healthy eating habits at an
early age is a key component in preventing cancer.
While much progress has been made, the Society will continue to advocate
for measures that will:
Protect Ontario's youth by urging the passing of Bill 131, Youth Smoking Prevention Act.
Improve access to cancer medication including oral drugs taken by
patients at home.
Protect Ontarians from environmental and occupational exposures to
Advocating for healthy public policies is just one of the many ways the
Society is making a difference and fighting back against a disease that
touches far too many lives.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization
of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When
you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888
SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
For further information:
Media contact: Susan Fekete, Communications Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division: 613-723-1744 x 3616; firstname.lastname@example.org