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Position Statements

From time to time the health unit will issue a Position Statement outlining known research, weighing options for response on specific issues related to the public's health.

Position statement on e-cigarettes

After reviewing the known information about electronic cigarettes and the response from other regions in Ontario, the health unit concludes that the use of e-cigarettes should be prohibited in the same areas where tobacco use is prohibited.

Position statement on municipal water fluoridation

In January 2009 the health unit published the Health Focus Report, Oral Health in Simcoe and Muskoka. The report identified some significant dental health issues, including the lack of fluoridation in the majority of the drinking supply in Simcoe County. The position statement ratified by the Simcoe Muskoka District Board of Health on April 15 affirms public health's long-standing support of municipal water fluoridation as a cost-effective, universal means of improving dental health for the entire population.

In addition, here is the Feb 18, 2011 news release stating the position on water fluoridation of Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa).

Support for fluoridation from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health

Responding to a debate about community water fluoridation in Muskoka, Dr. Arlene King responded with a a letter to the general public in April, 2011.  

 

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