Smoke-Free Alberta applauds Bill 45

    EDMONTON, June 12 /CNW/ - A broad coalition of health, business and
labour organizations is applauding Bill 45, Alberta's proposed new tobacco
reduction law that was introduced today in the Legislative Assembly by Health
and Wellness Minister Dave Hancock.
    If passed, the bill will be among the most comprehensive in the nation
and will make almost all workplaces completely smoke-free, ban tobacco sales
in establishments containing pharmacies, and prohibit tobacco retail displays
(power walls).
    "If passed, this bill will put Alberta at the forefront of Canada's
tobacco reduction effort," said Angeline Webb of the Canadian Cancer Society,
Alberta/N.W.T. Division. "We are very pleased with the major elements of the
bill and we hope that the bill will receive swift consideration in the
Legislative Assembly. This bill signals a new era for disease prevention in
Alberta and demonstrates the government's commitment to improving the quality
of life for all Albertans and reducing demands on healthcare."
    "This bill is broad in scope and will help prevent tobacco promotions to
young people, will protect almost all Alberta workers from secondhand smoke,
and will curb the involvement of health professionals in the promotion and
sale of tobacco," said Les Hagen of Action on Smoking and Health.
    According to the coalition, the bill compares favourably with tobacco
laws in other provinces and will bring Alberta into full compliance with the
international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. This global treaty was
developed by the World Health Organization and was ratified by most nations
including Canada in 2005.
    "This bill reflects national and international leadership on Alberta's
part and will bring our province into full compliance with the international
treaty on tobacco control," said Ingrid Meier, board member of The Lung
Association of Alberta/NWT. "Although most provinces have enacted the major
elements contained in the Alberta bill, very few have enacted all of these
measures together. Only Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia have made workplaces
100% smoke-free, have barred powerwalls and have banned tobacco sales in

    About Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta

    Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta (CSFA) is a coalition of leading health
organizations who share a common vision of reducing tobacco use in Alberta.

For further information:

For further information: Angeline Webb @ (403) 968-8614; Gina Smith @
(780) 938-5863; Les Hagen @ (780) 919-5546

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Canadian Cancer Society (Alberta/NWT Division)

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