TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors commend today's announcement
by the provincial government which cracks down on contraband cigarettes
and enhances support for people who want to quit smoking.
"Today's announcement is another important step in the ongoing fight
against tobacco," said Dr. Mark MacLeod, President of the Ontario
Medical Association (OMA). "Keeping contraband cigarettes out of our
children's hands is a good thing."
Ontario's doctors have long been a leading voice against the use of
tobacco and undertaken numerous reports on the subsequent health risks.
Earlier this year, Ontario's doctors released their election policy
platform, 'Better care. Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario', which among other recommendations called for a comprehensive
contraband strategy and cessation system to support those who want to
In recent years, governments have passed several significant pieces of
legislation and implemented a number of initiatives including:
prohibiting the sale of tobacco to people under 19; limiting tobacco
advertising; eliminating smoking from workplace and public places; and
curbing exposure to second-hand smoke. But there is more work to be
"Ontario's doctors are committed to working with government to reduce
tobacco use, and we look forward to helping more patients quit," said
13,000 deaths are directly related to smoking in Ontario every year.
Tobacco-induced disease directly costs Ontario's health care system $1.6
The contraband cigarette market in Ontario continues to grow
exponentially and it is estimated that at least one in five cigarettes
smoked in Ontario are contraband.
"Better care. Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario." can be found at www.oma.org
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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