Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...Making Ontario smoke-free an ongoing job
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Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 8 Feb 2006, p. 6


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Dear editor, This year's theme for the recent National Non-Smoking Week January 16-20 was "Where you work, live and play... even

better smoke-free." But we need to work every day towards a smoke-free society for all Ontarians, as the government implements 100 per cent smokefree legislation on May 31. A longtime advocate for comprehensive anti-tobacco legislation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario has been instrumental in leading public education campaigns to strengthen anti-smoking legislation affecting second-hand smoke, tobacco-related pricing, labeling, advertising and sponsorship. We commend the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Honourable George Smitherman, who brought in the Smoke Free Ontario Act and the Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Health Promotion, who is working to implement it to make public places and workplaces smokefree and reduce exposure to tobacco displays at the point-of purchase. We know smoking is a major cause of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, smokers have a 70 per cent greater chance of dying from coronary heart disease than non-smokers. Among people younger than 65, 45 per cent of coronary heart disease in men and 40 per cent in women is caused by cigarette smoking. Stopping smoking however, can have immediate positive effects on heart health. In fact, the risk of coronary heart disease, including fatal heart attacks, begins to lessen immediately following stopping smoking. The risk of smoking-related cardiovascular disease is reduced by approximately 50 per cent within one year, and to normal levels (i.e. people who never smoked) within five years. To find out how more about the effects of smoking on heart health or how to quit, visit www.heartandstroke.ca. Rocco Rossi Chief Executive Officer Heart and Stroke Foundation


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Newspaper
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Date of Publication:
8 Feb 2006
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Personal Name(s):
Rossi, Rocco ; Smitherman, George ; Watson, Jim
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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
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Halton.News.202364
Language of Item:
English
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Letters to the editor...Making Ontario smoke-free an ongoing job