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January 22, 2003

Toronto's No Smoking by-law a success
  
Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair of the Board of Health, joined with Dr. Sheela
Basrur, the Medical Officer of Health, and student and administration
representatives from Ryerson University today to promote awareness of National
Non Smoking Week and phase three of Toronto's No Smoking by-law.

Dr. Basrur released details of an advertising campaign to remind residents that
on June 1, 2004 all bars in the city will become smoke-free. "We are advising
everyone of the three phases of the by-law and to get ready to make smoking
history."

Dr. Basrur also released a report to the Board of Health summarizing the
successful implementation of the first two phases of the by-law. The report
indicates that from a total of 6,000 inspections conducted during the period in
which restaurants became smoke-free, 156 premises have been charged with
violations of the by-law.

"These numbers tell us the by-law was an idea whose time has come," said
Councillor Mihevc. "Compliance is high and public support is strong. Only 18
months after implementation, and a couple of years after some very hard-fought
battles, it is now hard to imagine that anyone could have ever opposed the idea
of smoke-free dining."

Councillor Mihevc described a "tremendous cultural shift" in the move toward
smoke-free public space. "The City is only doing what the residents expect it
to do - keep pace with what people want in making Toronto the healthiest city
possible."

Dr. Basrur outlined a number of activities occurring during National Non
Smoking Week. "We are joining with our community partners to highlight programs
that discourage young people from starting to smoke, that protect people from
exposure to second-hand smoke and that offer support to people who want to quit
smoking."

The president of Ryerson Students' Administrative Council, Darren Cooney, and
the university's Vice-president of Student Affairs and Administration, Dr.
Linda Grayson, expressed their support for the No Smoking by-law as part of
Ryerson's annual health fair and celebration of Weedless Wednesday.

Backgrounders to this release and further information on tobacco are available
at: http://www.toronto.ca/health


Media Contact
Mary Margaret Crapper,
Toronto Public Health,
416-338-7873

 

 

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