In Canada, health care is a shared jurisdiction. Therefore, all levels of government bear the responsibility of adequately protecting the health of citizens from known health hazards such as tobacco use.

In 1999, all federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health adopted a renewed national tobacco control strategy, called New Directions for Tobacco Control in Canada - A National Strategy. This Strategy provides a framework to encourage collaboration amongst governments and non-governmental organizations to effectively reduce tobacco use in this country.

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Through the efforts of many committed individuals and organizations, we are making important progress on this public health issue. In Canada, provincial and territorial governments are responsible for restricting smoking in all workplaces and public places not federally regulated - such as restaurants, bars and shopping centres. In connection with the National Strategy, many provinces and territories are now adopting stronger tobacco control laws which address these venues.

This section provides detailed information on the National Strategy (1999), as well as information on the Tobacco Control Liaison Committee (TCLC), a joint federal / provincial / territorial committee established to assist in implementing the National Strategy.

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