News Release: World No Tobacco Day is May 31, 2018
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. | Windsor and Essex County
This World No Tobacco Day, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit celebrates the passing of Federal Bill S5 which allows the Government of Canada to make new regulations requiring plain and standardized packaging (PSP) for tobacco products. This involves restricting the use of colours, fonts, and logos on tobacco packaging and could require that package shape and format be the same across all products. Research has shown that measures such as the removal of logos, textures, colours, and brand images help make tobacco products less attractive and therefore less appealing, especially to youth.
Bill S-5 also introduces new measures to help manage the risks of vaping products and protect youth from nicotine addiction and tobacco use. A number of measures take effect immediately, including a federal ban on the sale of vaping products to minors. The Bill also prohibits the promotion of vaping products that are appealing to youth, such as products with appealing flavours like desserts or candy.
Ashley Kirby, Health Promotion Specialist at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is encouraged by the progress being made at the federal level to enhance tobacco control in Canadian communities, “It's always positive to see progress toward protecting youth and other vulnerable populations from exposure to tobacco and smoking. While this is a step in the right direction, there remains work to be done in order to continue to move towards a tobacco endgame and a smoke-free future for Canadians.” For those looking to quit smoking, Kirby suggests using World No Tobacco Day as a chance to challenge yourself to go a day without tobacco on May 31st.
There are many supports and initiatives across Windsor-Essex to help:
- First Week Challenge - Quit smoking for the first 7 days of the month and you could win $500! www.firstweekchallengecontest.ca
- Smokers' Help Line - www.smokershelpline.ca
- Leave the Pack Behind - www.leavethepackbehind.org
- STOP workshops - https://www.wechu.org/your-health/tobacco/ways-quit
For more information about the many services offered to Windsor-Essex, contact Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 3100.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (news)