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Smoking and Tobacco Use in Windsor-Essex County

  • Tobacco is used in products like cigarettes, chew, snuff or snus, cigars, cigarellos, and hookah or waterpipe.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of death and disability in Canada.
  • Smokeless tobacco products are shown to increase the risk of oral cavity, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer1.
  • 16.9% of the Windsor-Essex County population are current daily smokers (including occasional smokers)2; therefore there are about 58,000 smokers in Windsor-Essex County.

Smoke-free Ontario Strategy

  • The Health Unit works in partnerships with a number of organizations to deliver a comprehensive tobacco control program.
  • The tobacco program is 100% funded under the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.
  • There are three main areas of focus within the strategy including prevention, protection, and cessation (quitting).

For more information about the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, please review the Smoke-Free Ontario website.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act: What is it?

Tobacco Related Questions and Complaints

For all tobacco related inquires such as:

  • Complaints 
  • Smoke-Free Ontario Act education materials or signage
  • Quit Smoking information

Please complete the questions or comments form on this page or call us at 519-258-2146 ext. 3100.


1. Canadian Cancer Society. (2013). Smokeless tobacco. Retrieved from http: //www .cancer. ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/what-is-a-risk-factor/tobacco/smokeless-tobacco/?region=nu

2. Statistics Canada. (2013). Health Profile. Retrieved from http: //www12. statcan. gc. ca/health-sante/82-228/details/page_Figure.cfm?Lang=E&Tab=1&Geo1=HR&Code1=3568&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Rate&SearchText=Windsor-Essex&SearchType=Contains&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom=&Profile=3000

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