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January 15, 2001
"A breath of fresh air" - Public Health Introduces Smoke-free Theme During National Non Smoking Week
Toronto Public Health - On June 1 this year all restaurants, dinner
theatres and bowling centres will become smoke-free as required under Phase 2
of the City's No Smoking By-law. Smoking will only be allowed in approved,
designated smoking rooms.

To coincide with National Non Smoking Week, Toronto Public Health is
introducing a new theme to mark Phase 2 of the No Smoking By-law: A breath of
fresh air.

"The by-law was passed by Toronto City Council in 1999 to reduce exposure to
second-hand smoke in public places and workplaces," said Dr. Sheela Basrur,
Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "Phase 2 focuses on family-oriented places
like restaurants because second-hand smoke is particularly harmful to infants
and children."

National Non Smoking Week this year is January 15 - 21. Toronto Public Health
is promoting a number of related activities, including:

Public Health Nurses will be at community sites throughout the city during the
week. They will distribute copies of the latest edition of the Smoke Free
Dining Guide listing 900 restaurants in Toronto that have already chosen to be

For people who made a New Year's resolution to quit, Toronto Public Health has
smoking cessation clinics, tips and resources. Call the Smoke Free Helpline at
416-392-0123 for information.

The "Not to Kids" poster and bus shelter campaign promotes awareness that it is
against the law to sell or supply cigarettes to anyone under age 19. Call
416-396-SALE (7253) to report violations of the law.

For information about the No Smoking By-law (No. 441-1999) visit Public
Health's Web site at:
or call the Smoke Free Helpline at 416-392-0123.

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