Quitting and Cessation
Smoke-Free Ontario and Other Legislations
Prevention and Youth Initiatives
Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free means that everyone taking part in a sport or recreational activity does not use tobacco industry products. It means participants, parents, coaches, spectators and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip, or chew tobacco while engaged in sport and recreation.
Smoke-Free Housing Ontario is about helping to increase options for smoke-free living. Demand for smoke-free environments is on the rise. Ontarians are protected from second-hand smoke in virtually all enclosed workplaces and public places, yet many remain unwillingly exposed in their own homes as a result of smoke from neighbouring units.
Health Canada Advisories
New information for CHAMPIX® and ZYBAN® has been added to the Product Monographs (PMs), the reference documents that healthcare professionals use when prescribing drugs. For more information follow the link below.
Health Canada reviewing stop-smoking drug CHAMPIX® (varenicline tartrate) and potential risk of heart problems in patients with heart disease.
Health Canada Advises Canadians Not to Use Electronic Cigarettes
Health Canada is advising Canadians not to purchase or use electronic smoking products, as these products may pose health risks and have not been fully evaluated for safety, quality and efficacy by Health Canada. For more information on this warning please follow this link to the Health Canada advisory.
Health Canada Endorsed Important Safety Information on CHAMPIX® (varenicline tartrate)
Health Canada has issued a warning of adverse neuropsychiatric events linked with the use of Champix. Click here to learn more.
Tobacco use is the biggest preventable cause of death and disease in Ontario. It kills 13,000 Ontarians each year. With the implementation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, in 2006, the Ontario Government protects the health of all Ontarians by prohibiting smoking in enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places among other things. The Ministry of Health Promotion relies heavily on Local Public Health Units to inform, educate, provide appropriate resources and communicate with the public on all tobacco prevention, protection and cessation initiatives undertaken by various agencies. As a result the eastern region health units have created www.smokefreeeast.ca to uniformly serve the residents in Eastern Ontario.
For Information on where to turn to quit smoking, information on the legislation or new development in tobacco visit www.smokefreeeast.ca
Smoking and Asthma
The cold or exposure to second-hand smoke can trigger an asthma attack.
Chewing Tobacco or Smokeless Tobacco
Links and Resources