Canadian Cancer Society encourages swift passage of Bill 45

    CALGARY, June 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is encouraging the
Alberta government to move quickly on its now-tabled anti-tobacco legislation.
    The Tobacco Reduction Act, Alberta's proposed tobacco reduction law, was
introduced in the Legislative Assembly by Health and Wellness Minister Dave
Hancock yesterday. Bill 45, which proposes banning smoking in all public
places and workplaces, prohibiting all visual displays of tobacco products, as
well as banning tobacco sales in pharmacies, schools and healthcare
facilities, passed its first reading with no opposition.
    "The time for change is now," says Angeline Webb, Cancer Control Analyst
for the Alberta/N.W.T. Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. "We encourage
the government to move quickly on this legislation and pass Bill 45 before the
end of the spring session on June 14. The current government now has the
opportunity to demonstrate great leadership by championing the passage of its
Tobacco Reduction Act in this legislative session. There is tremendous public
support throughout Alberta for action on tobacco control. Albertans have
waited long enough."
    The Tobacco Reduction Act will help reduce tobacco-related demands on the
healthcare system, as well as help prevent disease, death and disability
associated with tobacco use.
    "On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/N.W.T. Division, I
would like to commend the Alberta government for bringing us a step closer to
fulfilling our mission to eradicate cancer," says Webb. "The new legislation
provides protection for all Albertans and will ensure a positive, healthy
    By moving forward with this comprehensive tobacco control legislation,
Albertans will be provided with an enduring legacy that will truly make a
difference. A legacy that will save lives and help make Alberta a healthier
place to live.

    Tobacco Fast Facts

    -   Every year 3,500 Albertans die of tobacco-related diseases, including
        770 deaths due to lung cancer.
    -   Second-hand smoke is linked to the deaths of more than 1,000
        Canadians every year.
    -   There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.
    -   The cost of tobacco use to Albertans is $907 million each year in
        direct and indirect healthcare costs, property damage and lost
        productivity due to death and disease.
    -   Employees who work in smoking environments are 20% more likely to
        develop lung cancer and heart disease compared to workers in smoke-
        free environments.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization
of volunteers and employees whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to
enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. When you want to
know more about cancer, visit our website at or call our
toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Angeline Webb, (403) 541-5370, Cancer Control
Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/N.W.T. Division,

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