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  • March 22, 2016

Ontario Launches Award to Recognize Smoke-Free Accomplishments

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy

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.

Quick Facts

  • Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2016.
  • The nominations will be reviewed by an award selection committee and up to 10 winners will be announced on May 31, 2016, World No Tobacco Day.
  • May 31, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, which is also this year’s World No Tobacco Day.
  • The Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy was launched in 2006 to reduce tobacco use and lower health risks to non-smokers in Ontario.
  • Smoking rates in Ontario have dropped from 24.5 per cent in 2000 to 17.4 per cent in 2014. This represents about 408,250 fewer smokers.

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“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:

Ashma Patel

Acting Constituency Director & Community Engagement Manager

Office of Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood

T: 416-281-2787

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