TORONTO, April 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors would like to congratulate NDP MPP France Gélinas, Nickelbelt, on the introduction of an Act to amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act in respect of certain tobacco products. The amendment would further protect children and young adults from being targeted by tobacco companies.
Ontario's doctors are concerned the tobacco industry continues to introduce new products that target kids and young adults, and they are finding ways to market these products despite laws intended to stop this practice. That's why we are encouraging all MPP's to support this important piece of legislation.
Ontario's doctors have been advocating for the need to redouble efforts to fight tobacco. In recent years we have recommended: a moratorium on the sale of new tobacco products; a reduction in the number of tobacco outlets; and a comprehensive contraband control strategy. We are all aware of the negative impact that tobacco products and cigarettes have on our health-care system and society. Tobacco related disease currently costs the Ontario health system $1.6 billion annually and kills more than 13,000 Ontarians every year.
Every effort should be made to reduce the exposure of flavoured tobacco products and smoking in general to children and young adults.
Stewart Kennedy, MD
Ontario Medical Association
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