Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flavoured tobacco ban goes into effect

Nova Scotia has officially become the first jurisdiction in the world to implement a ban on flavoured tobacco, including menthol.

Legislation took effect Sunday, coinciding with World No Tobacco Day, a World Health Organization day of recognition highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

In a news release, the Canadian Cancer Society called Nova Scotia a “world leader” in tobacco prevention.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Legislation Passes to Help Reduce Smoking and Obesity Rates

Ontario Takes Action to Help Families Make Healthier Choices

May 26, 2015 12:40 P.M. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Today, the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act, which will help families make healthier food choices by giving them caloric information when eating out or purchasing take-away meals. The act will also protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes.

As part of the government's commitment to achieve the lowest smoking rate in Canada, the new legislation will:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It's National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – In an effort to make sure drugs don’t get in the hands of the wrong people, police across the country are asking you to get rid of your old medication.

Today is National Prescription Drug Drop-Off day.

The initiative comes amid a growing trend of young people taking their mom and dad’s old pills to get high. In many cases they’re just taking the medication, but in other instances they’re mixing it with alcohol or other drugs, which could be deadly.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

National Post View: Lighten up on smokers

In Ontario, it is currently against the law to smoke cigarettes on a sports field, on or near children’s playgrounds, on a restaurant or bar patio — whether it is covered or uncovered — and to buy cigarettes on a college or university campus. Those rules came into effect with changes to the Smoke Free-Ontario Act on Jan. 1.

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