This week is National Non-Smoking Week, and today is Weedless Wednesday. To mark the occasion, Ontario is recognizing the top 10 achievements of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy:
- Banning smoking in all enclosed public places and all enclosed work places in May 2006.
- Restricting the retail promotion of tobacco products in May 2006 and imposing a ban on the display of tobacco products in May 2008.
- Banning smoking in motor vehicles with passengers under the age of 16 in January 2009.
- Introducing prohibitions on the sale of flavoured cigarillos and establishing regulations for cigarillo packaging in July 2010.
- Introducing stronger controls over all types of raw leaf tobacco grown in or imported into Ontario in June 2011.
- Banning smoking on and around children’s playgrounds and publicly owned sports fields and surfaces as of January 1, 2015.
- Banning smoking on bar and restaurant patios as of January 1, 2015.
- Banning the sale of tobacco on university and college campuses as of January 1, 2015.
- Introducing legislation that, if passed, would limit the use and sale of e-cigarettes, including banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
- Introducing legislation that, if passed, would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products.
Despite significant progress in curbing the use of tobacco products, 13,000 Ontarians still die each year as a result of tobacco-related diseases. The Ontario government will continue to build on the progress it has made through the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy to achieve the lowest smoking rate in Canada.