Today’s Reading List: Ontario to ban smoking on restaurant patios, sports fields

The Ontario government will introduce a bill that bans smoking on bar and restaurant patios starting January 1. The bill is part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

In order to curb smoking near children, youth and young adults, part of the new bill will also include bans at children’s playgrounds, public sports fields and ice rinks, in addition to campuses.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla served notice that tobacco sales will be banned on college and university campuses as part of a ramped-up effort to curb smoking among impressionable young adults, stating that, “It makes sense to do it now.”
Every year, more than 13,000 people die in Ontario because of tobacco use, with lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer deaths in Ontario among both men and women. Almost 800,000 Ontarians live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. with tobacco use causes up to 90% of all cases.
The Toronto Star has more on the smoking ban.

Posted on November 7, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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