Ontario is now accepting applications for its Heather Crowe Smoke-Free Ontario Award, which will recognize anti-smoking advocates who have made a significant contribution toward achieving a Smoke-Free Ontario.
Heather Crowe was a non-smoker who developed lung cancer after being exposed to second-hand smoke in her workplace. After her diagnosis, she traveled across Canada to advocate for improved second-hand smoke by-laws.
To mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, up to 10 awards will be presented to recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have championed tobacco control in Ontario over the past 10 years.
The nomination submissions can be made by anyone, and nominations are open until April 29, 2016. The award winners will be recognized May 31, 2016, on World No Tobacco Day.
Promoting a smoke-free Ontario is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Smoke- Free Ontario Strategy, it is also time to celebrate the progress and achievements we have made. With this award we aim to recognize the efforts of those, like Heather Crowe, who raised awareness of the harms of smoking and impact of second-hand smoke in Ontario.”
— Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
For further information, please contact:
Acting Constituency Director & Community Engagement Manager
Office of Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood