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Smoking and Vaping

Commercial tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Ontario. It’s responsible for more than 13,000 deaths each year in the province. Locally, about 22 per cent of people in Simcoe Muskoka smoke cigarettes. If you smoke, we want to help you quit for good to protect your health. We also know it is easier to quit and stay quit if there are more smoke-free spaces in our communities. We work with you and our community partners to promote smoke-free living.

The term “commercial tobacco” is used to differentiate tobacco industry products from, and to acknowledge the use of, traditional tobacco that forms part of Indigenous culture and spirituality.


  • Educate and support youth and young adults to choose a commercial tobacco and smoke- and vape-free lifestyle.
  • Provide supports and services to help you break your addiction to nicotine.
  • Engage and support community partners to create polices that will protect you from unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke of all types where you live, work and play.
  • Educate and enforce provincial laws including the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 that governs the sale, supply, display and use of commercial tobacco and vaping products.

What matters to your health

Youth and young adults

Positive role models help our youth and young adults choose to stay tobacco and vape free. From smoke-free spaces to smoke-free movies, there are many ways to create a tobacco- and vape-free generation.

Quitting smoking

Quitting smoking and breaking the addiction to tobacco products isn't easy but it's the best thing you can do to protect your health. Ready to give it a try? Give us a call. It's never too late to quit and you don't have to do it alone.

Smoke-free places

There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. We should all be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke where we live, work and play. You can make a difference by making your environment smoke free. Did you know smoke-free apartments and condominiums are healthy, legal and in demand?

We also educate and enforce the laws that govern the sale and use of commercial tobacco and vaping products to protect and promote healthy communities. 

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