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You've been thinking about it for a while, and it's time to make a quit attempt. Check out our annual challenges designed to help you quit or reduce your tobacco use. kicks off first. It is for young adults 18-29 whether you are ready to quit, want to party without the smoke, cut back your smoking, or work to stay smoke free. Each category has cash prizes and you could win up to $2,500. Registration is now open. Contest period is from January 26 to March 9, 2015 to win.

Are you driven to quit? Take steps to turn your new year's resolution to become tobacco free in 2015 into a reality with the provincial Driven to Quit Challenge for regular tobacco users 19 and older. Quit for the month of March and you could win a new car! Watch for details at

Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free

Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in Canada. Locally, our smoking rates are almost equal to the provincial average with our statistics showing 21% of adults identifying themselves as cigarette users and 9% of youth in grades 7-12.

To help residents become or stay tobacco free, we focus on prevention, cessation, protection, and enforcement.

Tobacco is highly addictive. It's easy to get hooked and hard to quit. If you are thinking about quitting, we can help.

Becoming tobacco free is also healthy for the people around you and will protect friends, family, unborn children - by clearing the air of the cancer-causing chemicals released in secondhand tobacco smoke.

A tobacco-free lifestyle and positive role modeling also helps youth choose to stay tobacco free. They need your help to withstand the tobacco industry marketing that works hard to hook youth to replace the tobacco users who keep dying from using their products - everything from cigarettes to chew tobacco and snus.

It's no secret it costs a business more to employ smokers than a non-smoker in terms of illnesses and time away from the job. Employers looking to support their staff to make healthy choices, can find it at Healthy Steps @ Work.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act supports tobacco-free living. It bans smoking in all enclosed public and workplaces in Ontario, in vehicles carrying children under 16, and it regulates the sale of promotion of tobacco products. Effective January 1, 2015 the Act prohibits smoking within 20 metres of municipal playgrounds and playing fields, bans smoking on bar and restaurant patios, and prohibits the sale of tobacco on post-secondary campuses.

A growing number of communities have local bylaws that are even more restrictive than the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and prohibit smoking and the use of other smoking and tobacco-related products in even more public settings. This includes use in and around parks and beaches. These smoke-free outdoor spaces have powerful prevention implications that will help keep youth from becoming tobacco users.

Families, coaches, and sport and recreation organizations can help too by establishing tobacco-free sports and recreation policies giving participants a chance to perform at their best.

Know What's In Your Mouth

KWIYMYou don't smoke it. You don't swallow it. All you do is slosh it around your mouth and spit out the juice every few seconds. If it sounds disgusting, that's because it is. It's also extremely dangerous! People will say, "at least smokeless or chewing tobacco is better than cigarettes." But smokeless doesn't mean harmless. Check it out for yourself at

Page Last Modified: Friday, 13 February 2015.