Consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada


From Health Canada

Current status: The public consultation is now closed. The What We Heard report is now available.

You're invited to provide comments on the future of tobacco control in Canada.


We are committed to reducing tobacco use in Canada. Tobacco use is a deadly and costly social and public health problem. It is the leading cause of early death in Canada.

Every year, over 37,000 Canadians die from illness caused by smoking.Footnote i That's one Canadian every 14 minutes. In 2015, about 115,000 Canadians began smoking daily.Footnote ii

Smoking also affects the families and friends of people who get sick or die from it.

Tobacco use touches us all.


We are looking for comments from:

  • the general public,
  • Indigenous peoples, including:
    • leaders
    • individuals
    • communities
    • organizations
  • other interested parties, such as:
    • academics
    • non-governmental organizations
    • provincial and territorial governments
    • health care providers and associations
    • tobacco control experts, domestic and international


The purpose of this consultation is to get ideas on how to reinvent the approach to tobacco control in Canada. Key areas we will consider include:

  • protecting youth
  • building capacity
  • working with Indigenous peoples
  • helping Canadians who use tobacco
  • addressing tobacco use and health and social inequities
  • reducing tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035 and reaching other targets

This consultation is part of a broader consultation process on the future of tobacco control in Canada. Some consultation sessions took place in the summer and fall of 2016. A National Forum with stakeholders will take place from February 28 to March 2, 2017.

When and where

The consultation will be available at for 7 weeks, between February 22, 2017 and April 13, 2017.

How to participate

You are encouraged to read the consultation document.

You may submit your comments and ideas by:

  • mail
  • email, in electronic files such as:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Adobe Acrobat

Next steps

All comments received will be reviewed and a summary of the results will be posted online.

Related information

Contact us

Office of Policy
Tobacco Control Directorate
Health Canada
150 Tunney's Pasture Drwy.
Room 1605-626
Address Locator 0301A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9


Canada is a Party to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Article 5.3 of the FCTC obliges Parties, in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law. Therefore, the Government of Canada must actively exclude tobacco industry influence with respect to tobacco control policy. You must declare any perceived or actual conflicts of interest with the tobacco industry when providing input to this consultation.

We are also interested in being aware of perceived or actual conflicts of interest with the vaping and/or pharmaceutical industry. As such, we request that you please declare this upon providing input.

The personal information you provide is protected in accordance with the Privacy Act and collected under the authority of the Department of Health Act, section 4. The information is being collected to allow you to provide your opinions about the future of tobacco control in Canada. Your comments, without identifying information such as your name or email address may be used to brief senior management and inform policy decisions. To further safeguard privacy, you should ensure that any written comments you may provide are sufficiently general that you cannot be identified as the author and that individual identities are not disclosed. You have the right to access your personal information and correct misinformation, if required. You also have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if you think your personal information has been handled improperly. For more information, please review the Info Source publication, standard Personal Information Bank for Outreach Activities or contact the Privacy Management Division at 613-948-1219 or


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