Making Healthier Choices Act 2014
Posted by: Gordon Fleming
Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla announced some important public health measures today. Links to the Government announcement as well as alPHa’s related action on these subjects are included here. alPHa will be writing new letters to the Minister once we have had the opportunity to examine these measures in more detail.
The Making Healthier Choices Act will contain three elements:
a. Legislation that will subject e-cigarettes to many of the same restrictions that are placed on tobacco.
This will address part of alPHa’s 2014 Resolution on the subject
A14-2 - E-Cigarettes
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and its stakeholders to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of all Ontario residents by: ensuring manufacturing consistency of e-cigarettes; conducting research on the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes and exposure to second hand vapour; and regulating the promotion, sale and use of e-cigarettes in Ontario.
b. Menu Labelling Requirements
Our understanding is that these requirements are going forward as they were originally introduced prior to the spring 2014 dissolution of the Legislature. Please note that at the time, there was a similar Private Member’s Bill being considered, and alPHa urged that the best elements of each be included in eventual legislation. We will be repeating that message as this new Bill makes its way through the legislative process.
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alPHa Letter - Menu Labelling Bills
March 4 2014 alPHa letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the NDP Health Critic regarding their respective menu labelling bills (149 and 162)
MOHLTC Reply - Menu Labelling Bills
April 15 2014 MOHLTC response to alPHa's March 4 2014 letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the NDP Health Critic regarding their respective menu labelling bills (149 and 162).
c. A ban on flavoured tobacco products
alPHa has been active on this file as various Bills, both Government and Private Member, have been introduced at various times but not passed for various reasons. The latest includes some new elements, most notably the inclusion of menthol as a flavouring (it was exempt in most if not all of the previous versions). alPHa’s responses to the earlier Bills is included here for your information.
alPHa Letter - Bill 66 Flavoured Tobacco
May 23 2012 Letter from alPHa President calling for passage of proposed amendments to the Smoke Free Ontario Act that would ban flavoured tobacco and prevent the introduction of new tobacco industry products to Ontario.
Please click here to read the Government announcement. We will provide links to the text of the Bill when it is introduced later today.