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May 30, 2001
Mayor proclaims World No Tobacco Day
  
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman today proclaimed Thursday, May 31 as World No Tobacco
Day in the city. The World Health Organization has declared an international
theme for the day: "Second-hand smoke kills - let's clear the air."

In his proclamation Mayor Lastman referred to the city's June 1st No Smoking
By-law and urged all residents to support smoke-free environments in public
places.

"I am very proud of the city's leadership in moving forward with the No Smoking
By-law," said the Mayor. "Public Health staff have been working hard to educate
both the industry and the public on the changes coming into effect this week.
The city is now ready to implement the changes and residents are very
supportive of our work on this vital issue."

The proclamation noted Toronto's partnership with others in the Greater Toronto
Area - the neighbouring regions of Peel and York are implementing similar
by-laws on June 1st - and the growing number of municipalities in Canada and
around the world implementing smoke-free by-laws.

Under the No Smoking By-law, all restaurants, dinner theatres and bowling
centres must be smoke-free or provide a separately ventilated smoking room.

According to the World Health Organization, the focus of this year's World No
Tobacco Day is to encourage local initiatives to prevent smoking in public
places and to educate the public on the health hazards of second-hand smoke.
The No Tobacco Day has been sponsored by the WHO annually since 1988.


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