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May 31, 2002
Public Health marks World No Tobacco Day
Toronto Public Health - Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair of the Board of
Health, joined with a Canadian Olympic athlete and students from across Toronto
today to mark World No Tobacco Day and celebrate the first anniversary of
Toronto's no-smoking by-law.

Councillor Mihevc reported that compliance with the by-law is high. In the past
year enforcement staff visited more than 3,000 premises, either on a routine
basis or to respond to complaints from the pubic. A total of 333 charges were
laid against 134 premises.

"Smoke-free dinning has become the norm in Toronto," said Councillor Mihevc.
"I want to thank Toronto restaurant operators for protecting the health of
children, non-smokers and employees from the harmful effects of second hand

To mark World No Tobacco Day, grade four students from the Toronto Catholic
District School Board and the two French language school boards participated in
a poster contest as part of activities sponsored by the World Health

Paralympian Chris Williamson, a visually impaired alpine skier who won a gold
medal in Salt Lake City, congratulated the winning students on their designs
and addressed the theme of tobacco-free sports. "Tobacco-free sporting events
are being organized all over the world, including the World Cup. This ensures
that sports are a celebration of life, inspiring healthy living and fun, rather
than being used to market the deadly product of tobacco."

To help Toronto residents who want to quit smoking, Toronto Public Health has
translated "Quit Tips" into 14 languages. For more information on the by-law,
call the Smoke Free Helpline at 416-392-0123.

Media Contact
Media contact:
Kim Auld, Toronto Public Health,



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