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May 29, 2003
Public Health celebrates World No Tobacco Day
Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair of the Board of Health, joined with a group of
Grade 4 students today to celebrate World No Tobacco Day.

The students created the winning posters for the Tobacco Poster Challenge, one
of many programs offered to schools through Toronto Public Health. Close to 100
schools participated in the challenge to design posters with a smoke-free

"These young students were motivated and inspired to create lively and
colourful posters with an important smoke-free message," said Councillor
Mihevc. "Toronto Public Health is committed to working with schools and
community partners to protect the health of children from the harmful effects
of second-hand smoke and encourage them to stay smoke-free."

Councillor Mihevc recognized the students and their winning posters at a
reception at Toronto City Hall that included a special presentation of a youth
smoking prevention magic show. The Tobacco Poster Challenge is one of many
accessible, community-based tobacco control programs offered by Toronto Public
Health. Other World No Tobacco Day events include a Not To Kids promotion with
Mac's stores.

Not to Kids is a campaign that educates retailers, youth and the community
about the Tobacco Control Act with the goal of reducing the number of stores
selling and persons supplying cigarettes to children and youth under the age of

On Friday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. staff from Toronto Public Health and
community partners will be at following Mac's stores: 735 Renforth Dr., 471
Jarvis St., 660 Eglinton Ave. E., and 31 Tapscott Rd.

Media Contact
Kim Auld
Toronto Public Health



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