Tobacco control:

What’s the issue?

Tobacco continues to be the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Canada.  An estimated 47,000 Canadians die each year as a result of smoking. Countless others live with chronic diseases. Despite public health education and prevention efforts, approximately 15 % of Canadians currently smoke. The federal government committed to reducing these smoking rates to “less than 5% by 2035”. However, if bold actions are not taken this goal will not be met.  

What do we recommend?

  • Introduce a tobacco cost recovery fee: hold the tobacco industry accountable through a ‘polluter pays’ model. A recovery fee would ask the tobacco industry for a minimum of $66 million annually to cover the costs of the tobacco control strategy.