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Health Canada Report: Consultation on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada: What We Heard

Dec 22, 2017

Health Canada Report: Consultation on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada: What We Heard

With an estimated 45,000 deaths attributable to smoking in Canada in 2012, leading to nearly 600,000 potential years of life lost for premature mortality, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in Canada.

The renewal of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) provides an opportunity to chart a new course in tobacco control and further protect Canadians from the devastating impacts of tobacco use and nicotine addiction. The modernized approach would set the path to reduce Canada's rate of tobacco use to less than 5% by 2035. 

In 2016 and 2017, a three-step consultation approach took place to hear from Canadians on proposed measures that would help reach Canada's target for tobacco use reduction. The consultation combined targeted pre-consultations, a National Forum with stakeholders, as well as a broad 7-week online public consultation.

The responses received through the consultation process were resoundingly supportive of the Government of Canada's target to reduce tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035, with a majority of respondents to the public consultation and most participants in the pre-consultations and forum indicating they are ready to support additional action by the Government.

This report provides an overview of what we heard through the consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada. As such, it is intended to reflect the views of respondents as they were expressed, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Canada.

View report here