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alPHa Resolutions - Tobacco
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alPHa Position

The Governments of Canada, Ontario and Canadian municipalities must act immediately to minimize the use of tobacco products and their related health impacts. Comprehensive strategies must include taxation, denormalization and strict controls on who may buy tobacco products and where they may be used.

 

Resolution A15-7 - Increasing the Minimum Legal Age for Access to Tobacco Products in Ontario to 21
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call on the Ontario Government to amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to prohibit the sale and supply of tobacco to a person who is less than 21 years old.

 

Developments on A15-7:

July 30 2015

alPHa has written a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care that notifies him of alPHa's resolution.


 

Resolution A14-3 - Designating Provincially and Municipally Funded Multi-Unit Dwellings Smoke-Free
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 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 that new provincially and municipally funded multi-unit dwellings are designated smoke-free; and,
• that any future provincial funding for housing require as a criteria for eligibility, that any new units be designated as smoke-free.

 

Developments on A14-3:

August 27 2014

alPHa has written a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this and five other 2014 Resolutions for his support and action.

September 4 2014

alPHa has written a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing introducing this Resolution for his support and action.

Resolution A14-2, Regulating the Manufacture, Sale, Promotion, Display, and Use of E-Cigarettes
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.
AND FURTHER that the Premier of Ontario, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario Public Health Association, Prime Minister of Canada, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, federal Minister of Health, and Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care be so advised.

 

Developments on A14-2:

April 21 2016 

alPHa has sent a letter responding to proposed changes to regulations made under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 that would further restrict the sale / use of e-cigarettes and medical marijuana. The letter urges the Ministry to develop further restrictions to include water pipes, as per alPHa Resolution A13-5

April 21 2015

alPHa Staff presented to the Standing Committee on General Government to support the proposed Electronic Cigarettes Act (one of the schedules in Bill 45, the Making Healthier Choices Act). The transcript is available here and alPHa’s written submission is here.

December 12 2015

alPHa has written a letter to the Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in response to Bill 45, which covers calorie disclosure on menus, flavoured tobacco products and e-cigarettes. alPHa's Resolutions on e-Cigarette (A14-2) and water pipe (A13-5) regulation are attached.

November 24, 2014

Bill 45, the Making Healthier Choices Act, which covers calorie disclosure on menus, flavoured tobacco products and e-cigarettes was introduced in the Ontario Legislature.

August 27 2014

alPHa has written a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this and five other 2014 Resolutions for his support and action.

 

Resolution A13-1, Banning the Sale and Distribution of All Tobacco Products in the Province by the Year 2030
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and its stakeholders to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of all Ontario citizens by banning the sale and distribution of all tobacco products in Ontario by 2030, and by continuing to implement the recommendations made by the Smoke-Free Ontario – Scientific Advisory Committee as a means of achieving a tobacco-free Ontario
            

 

Developments on A13-1:

 

June 8 2015

The resolution, Increasing the Minimum Legal Age for Access to Tobacco Products in Ontario to 21, was passed by alPHa’s membership.

 

June 7 2015

alPHa’s Board of Directors supported a motion to bring forward the resolution, Increasing the Minimum Legal Age for Access to Tobacco Products in Ontario to 21, to alPHa’s membership for support at the June 8, 2015 Annual General Meeting.


April 24 2015

 alPHa’s Board of Directors received an update from Dr. Robert Schwartz from OTRU.  A copy of the presentation can be found here.  Dr. Schwartz highlighted that evidence supported raising the age to access tobacco to 21 years.

 

November 3 2014

 alPHa attended a meeting of OTRU partners/stakeholders to discuss the evidence on evolutionary and revolutionary approaches to ending the tobacco epidemic.  The meeting included:

     • a review of evidence for each intervention as presented in OTRU’s Tobacco Endgame Report, and

     • discussion of the applicability of these interventions in Ontario and consideration of next steps in decreasing tobacco use in Ontario.

Increasing the price of tobacco through taxation was identified as the most promising approach.


October 2014 

Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) released Summary Report - Evidence to Support Tobacco Endgame Policy Measures.

    

March 28 2014
The alPHa Board of Directors heard a presentation from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit on current and novel strategies aimed at achieving large and rapid declines in smoking prevalence, as follow-up to the  September 27th Board motion. The slide deck from the presentation is available here.


December 6 2013

Linda Stewart confirmed to the alPHa Board that the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) will be working on the evidence review referred to above from January to March 2014. OTRU will be welcoming public health’s input in the near future.

 

September 27 2013

The alPHa Board of Directors discussed this resolution, and moved to support the vision of a tobacco-free Ontario, support in principle activities that contribute to the realization of the vision of a tobacco-free Ontario. It also directed alPHa staff to follow up with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit to formally request a review of the evidence related to the banning of the sale and distribution of all tobacco products. OTRU has confirmed its interest in supporting alPHa by performing a review of the evidence. alPHa staff has a meeting with OTRU on December 2 to discuss.

 

June 3 2013

The alPHa membership voted to refer this Resolution to the alPHa Board of Directors for further consideration. 

                                                 

Resolution A13-5, Provincial Legislation to Prohibit the Use of Waterpipes in Enclosed Public Places and Enclosed Workplaces
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) advocate for provincial legislation to be enacted to prohibit the use of waterpipes (regardless of the substance being smoked) in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces.
            

 

Developments on A13-5:

April 21 2016

alPHa has sent a letter responding to proposed changes to regulations made under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 that would further restrict the sale / use of e-cigarettes and medical marijuana. The letter urges the Ministry to develop further restrictions to include water pipes, as per alPHa Resolution A13-5

November 11 2015

alPHa has written to the Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to remind her of this resolution following the City of Toronto's decision to ban the use of water pipes in enclosed spaces beginning in the spring of 2016.

December 12 2014

alPHa has written a letter to the Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in response to Bill 45, which covers calorie disclosure on menus, flavoured tobacco products and e-cigarettes. alPHa's Resolutions on e-Cigarette (A14-2) and water pipe (A13-5) regulation are attached.

December 2 2013

Letter written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in response to her announcements about strengthening Smoke Free Ontario via legislative (Bill 131) and regulatory changes. These include additional enforcement  provisions that will allow testing for tobacco in waterpipe preparations. The letter reminds the Minister that our position is to ban the use of waterpipes in enclosed public places altogether.

July 16 2013

Letter written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this Resolution. Please click here to read.

 

 

                                                                        

Resolution: A11-11 - Provincial Adoption and Promotion of Smoke-Free Movies to Reduce the Impact of Smoking in Movies on Youth in Ontario
that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to rate new movies with smoking "18A" in Ontario, and require that such films be ineligible for federal and provincial subsidies, with the sole exceptions being a clear and unambiguous demonstration of the dangers and consequences of tobacco use or a true representation of a real historical figure, who was known to smoke; AND FURTHER that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to require producers to certify on-screen that no one involved in the production of the movie received any remuneration, compensation or anything of value in consideration for using or displaying tobacco; AND FURTHER that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to require strong anti-smoking ads to be shown before any movie with tobacco use at the distributor’s expense, regardless of rating and distribution channel; AND FURTHER that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to require movie producers to stop identifying tobacco brands in films.
            

 

Developments on #A11-11:


August 15 2015

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit has published its latest special report, entitled Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies in Ontario, Canada: 2004-2014. It examines onscreen tobacco exposure among youth, estimates its impact in terms of new smokers recruited, and estimates tobacco-associated mortality and healthcare costs. It also estimates the positive impact on these outcomes of requiring an 18A rating for films with tobacco imagery.

March 17 2015

alPHa compiled and transmitted to the Chair of the Ontario Film Review Board (at his request)a binder of selected materials that make a clear case for limiting tobacco imagery in movies as a means to reduce youth uptake. The full binder can be viewed / downloaded here.

March 10 2015

Charles Gardner (MOH - SMDHU) attended a teleconference  meeting between Acting CMOH David Mowat and Bruce Davis (the Chair of the Ontario Film Review Board - OFRB). One of the key matters raised at this meeting was the need for assurance on the strength of the evidence on the link between tobacco imagery in movies and youth smoking commencement. The offer was made to follow up with the provision of a binder of the evidence from alPHa. The CMOH also indicated that he would provide a written opinion on this topic, and would raise this matter within the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

February 25 2015

On February 25 2015, a group of MOHs and alPHa Staff met with the Chair of the Ontario Film Review Board to discuss changes to Ontario’s film classification system to include the depiction of tobacco use. A summary of this meeting can be read here.

August 29 2011

Response received from the Premier. Please click here to read.

August 19 2011

alPHa has written a letter to the Premier urging action on this Resolution. Please click here to read.


                                                                        

Resolution: A11-3 - Call for Immediate Release of a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy for Ontario
THAT alPHa urgently request the Premier of Ontario (Dalton McGuinty), the Minister of Health Promotion & Sport (Margarett Best), the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Deb Matthews), the Office of the Attorney General (Chris Bentley), the Minister of Finance (Dwight Duncan), the Minister of Revenue (Sophia Aggelonitis) and the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Arlene King), to demonstrate the entire set of recommendations within the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group report and announce a renewed, long-term commitment to a comprehensive tobacco control strategy to reduce use and exposure to tobacco products and the illnesses and deaths they cause to Ontario’s populations.

 

Developments on #A11-3:

November 29 2011

alPHa has forwarded the August 19 letter to the Minister of Health and Long - Term Care as that Ministry now has responsibility for tobacco control programs. Please click here to read.

August 19 2011

alPHa has written to the Minister of Health Promotion urging action on this Resolution. Please click here to read.


                                                                        

Resolution: A10-8 - Contraband Tobacco
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies commends the federal government on its recent initiatives to control contraband tobacco via the interministerial Contraband Enforcement Strategy and calls upon the federal government to enhance its efforts to control the manufacture and sale of contraband tobacco by: Increasing the cost of tobacco manufacturing licenses and licensing bonds to ensure tobacco manufacturers comply with provincial and federal legislation, Introducing tracking and tracing systems for all manufactured tobacco products to allow effective monitoring of a product’s distribution chain and any diversions. (This would also facilitate identification of illicit products and make it more difficult to manufacture illicit cigarettes), Imposing strict controls on the supply of materials to unlicensed tobacco manufacturers, Sustaining efforts to control legitimate tobacco products through increasing taxes, restricting promotion, Ensuring the success of the above measures by committing sufficient resources to their enforcement, using strong enforcement and deterrent penalties, Monitoring the use of contraband tobacco, making results public, and providing education.

 

Developments on #A10-8:

September 2 2014

the Ministry of Finance has posted for comment until October 20th its draft Raw Leaf Tobacco Oversight in Ontario regulation of the Tobacco Tax Act, accessible at the following location: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=16342&language=en

April 21 2011

Ontario Government announced additional licensing and enforcement measures to enhance controls over contraband tobacco. Please click here to read more.

November 19 2010

The Premier has responded to the alPHa Letter. Please click here to read.

November 8 2010

COMOH has written its own response to the TSAG Report

October 28 2010

alPHa has written a letter to the Premier in support of the recommendations of the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group Report, Building On Our Gains, Taking Action Now: Ontario’s Tobacco Control Strategy for 2011 - 2016 , which includes addressing contraband. Please click here to read.

August 20 2010

alPHa has written to the Minister of Public Safety notifying him of this Resolution. Please click here to read.

December 11 2009

alPHa wrote a letter to Sen. Hugh Segal supporting his recommendations for addressing contraband tobacco. Please click here to read.

January 21 2009

Letter to Minister of Health Promotion urging leadership on the contraband tobacco issue. Please click here to read.

June 23 2008

alPHa has written to the Premier of Ontario urging renewed efforts to stem contraband tobacco trade and availability in Ontario. Please click here to read.


                                                                        

Resolution: A09-2 - Tobacco Advertising and Promotion
THAT the Association of local Public Health Agencies write to the Federal Minister of Health and the Prime Minister advocating for a change to the proposed amendment to the Tobacco Act such that it includes a complete ban on tobacco advertising and promotion even where minors are prohibited by law (eg. bars and nightclubs); - request that the Provincial Minister of Health, the Minister of Health Promotion, and the Premier advocate with their federal counterparts for a complete ban on tobacco advertising and promotion; and - support national advocacy initiatives that call for further restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotions.
            

 

Developments on #A09-2:

 

November 26 2015

alPHa has written a letter to the Federal Minister of Health that links a number of points in her mandate letter to this and four other alPHa resolutions.

October 28 2010

alPHa has written a letter to the Premier in support of the recommendations of the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group Report, Building On Our Gains, Taking Action Now: Ontario’s Tobacco Control Strategy for 2011 - 2016 , which include addressing advertising and promotion. Please click here to read.

January 4 2010

Response to August alPHa Letter received from federal Health Minister outlining the provisions of federal bill C-32 (tobacco advertising, flavour additives etc.), which received Royal Assent in October 2009. Please click here to read.

October 8 2009

Bill C-32 has received Royal Assent, amending the Tobacco Act as follows:

PREVIOUSLY:

22 (1) Subject to this section, no person shall promote a tobacco product by means of an advertisement that depicts, in whole or in part, a tobacco product, its package or a brand element of one or that evokes a tobacco product or a brand element.

Exception:

(2) Subject to the regulations, a person may advertise a tobacco product by means of information advertising or brand-preference advertising that is in

(a) a publication that is provided by mail and addressed to an adult who is identified by name;

(b) a publication that has an adult readership of not less than eighty-five per cent; or

(c) signs in a place where young persons are not permitted by law.

AS AMENDED:

22 (1) Subject to this section, no person shall promote a tobacco product by means of an advertisement that depicts, in whole or in part, a tobacco product, its package or a brand element of one or that evokes a tobacco product or a brand element.

Exception

(2) Subject to the regulations, a person may advertise a tobacco product by means of information advertising or brand-preference advertising that is in

(a) a publication that is provided by mail and addressed to an adult who is identified by name; or

(b) a publication that has an adult readership of not less than eighty-five per cent; or

(c) signs in a place where young persons are not permitted by law.

August 14 2009

Letter written to the PM introducing this Resolution, urging swift enactment of Bill C-32, with consideration of expanding the prohibitions on tobacco advertising and promotion. Please click here to read.

 


 

 

 

CLOSED Resolution: A09-3 - Continued Investment in the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy
THAT alPHa urge the Premier of Ontario, and the Minister of Health Promotion (Margarett Best), Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (David Caplan), Office of The Attorney General (Chris Bentley) and the Minister of Finance and Revenue (Dwight Duncan) to commit to the goal of preserving and enhancing reductions in tobacco use, and to this end to reinstate funding to 2008-2009 levels and in addition, enhance funding for comprehensive tobacco control efforts in Ontario. AND FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED that alPHa advocate for the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy to continue to include and further enhance the role of youth within health units as a key component of prevention programming, with a planned evaluation. AND FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED that alPHa communicate with and engage other provincial associations and organizations with a concern for public health to support the importance of reinstating and enhancing funding for comprehensive tobacco control efforts in order to preserve and enhance the gains made to date.

 

Reason for Closure

 April 26 2013

The alPHa Board has closed this Resolution, as a more recent alPHa Resolution (A11-3 - Call for Immediate Release of a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy for Ontario) preserves the intent.

Local Board Resolutions - Tobacco

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
MLHU Comments - Smoke-Free Ontario Amendments PDF (2.5 MB)  more ] Administration 16/05/2016
GBHU - Smoke - Free Schools PDF (832.28 KB)  more ] Administration 29/03/2016
Porcupine - Smoke in Multi - Unit Dwellings PDF (68.92 KB)  more ] Administration 23/03/2016
NBPSDHU - Smoke - Free Schools PDF (444.4 KB)  more ] Administration 10/03/2016
Timiskaming - Smoke in Multi - Unit Dwellings PDF (81.67 KB)  more ] Administration 09/02/2016
NBPSDHU - Smoke in Multi - Unit Dwellings PDF (655.39 KB)  more ] Administration 21/01/2016
SDHU - Smoke in Multi - Unit Dwellings PDF (106.72 KB)  more ] Administration 07/12/2015
NWHU - Smoke-Free Housing PDF (1.16 MB)  more ] Administration 30/10/2015
GBHU - Smoke-Free Housing PDF (977.55 KB)  more ] Administration 12/08/2015
PDHU - Smoke-Free Housing PDF (75.85 KB)  more ] Administration 21/05/2015
KFLA - Bill 45 (Tobacco) PDF (91.05 KB)  more ] Administration 01/04/2015
SMDHU - Bill 45 (Tobacco Control) PDF (21.16 KB)  more ] Administration 28/01/2015
WECHU - Smoke Free Ontario PDF (131.69 KB)  more ] Administration 21/01/2015
Timiskaming - e-Cigarettes PDF (461.25 KB)  more ] Administration 04/12/2014
SMDHU - e-Cigarettes PDF (174.77 KB)  more ] Administration 21/11/2014
SDHU - Flavoured Tobacco PDF (175.32 KB)  more ] Administration 17/11/2014
SDHU - E-cigarettes PDF (176.09 KB)  more ] Administration 17/11/2014
SDHU - Bill 131, Youth Smoking Prevention Act PDF (180.7 KB)  more ] Administration 05/05/2014
TPH - Water Pipes PDF (59.33 KB)  more ] Administration 17/04/2014
PCCHU - E-Cigarettes PDF (422.03 KB)  more ] Administration 04/04/2014
NWHU - Bill 131, Youth Smoking Prevention Act PDF (694.31 KB)  more ] Administration 04/03/2014
PCCHU - Flavoured Tobacco PDF (280.47 KB)  more ] Administration 13/02/2014
GBHU - Smoke-Free Ontario PDF (295.85 KB)  more ] Administration 14/08/2013
WECHU - Nicotine Replacement Therapy PDF (136.52 KB)  more ] Administration 29/07/2013
WECHU - OCSA Position on Contraband PDF (183.72 KB)  more ] Administration 12/07/2013
NBPSDHU - NRT PDF (154.97 KB)  more ] Administration 10/07/2013
HPECHU - NRT PDF (585.31 KB)  more ] Administration 19/03/2013
PCCHU - NRT PDF (315.03 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
NBPSHU - Tobacco Enforcement PDF (341.93 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
NBPSHU - Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces PDF (240.49 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
MLHU - Smoke-Free Movies PDF (34.84 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
PCCHU - Tobacco Strategy PDF (643.22 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
SMDHU - Tobacco Strategy Recommendations PDF (134.47 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
NWHU - Flavoured Tobacco PDF (1.42 MB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
PCCHU - Smoking Cessation Strategy PDF (578.22 KB)  more ] Administration 23/11/2012
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