The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect May 31, 2006.
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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.
Tobacco Related Questions and Complaints
For all tobacco related inquires such as:
- 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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The Health Unit is encouraging municipalities or organizations to create smoke-free outdoor spaces through by-law and policy development.