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New Directions for Tobacco Control in Canada: A National Strategy
This paper provides a framework for action. Building on the longstanding goals of prevention, cessation, and protection, the addition of a goal for denormalization builds on recent evidence of effective interventions. The five strategic directions outlined are: policy and legislation; public education; industry accountability and product control; research; and, building and supporting capacity for action.

Progress Reports

Consult the following reports to learn more about Health Canada's activities in connection with the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy.

The National Strategy: Moving Forward - The 2006 Progress Report on Tobacco Control
Now marking its sixth year, this annual progress report again presents a snapshot of tobacco control efforts in Canada. While some of its content reflects long-term and ongoing concerns, there are also newer issues to consider. While newer issues surface, such as discount cigarettes, ongoing issues continue to call for attention. On March 23, 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would grant the leave application by the Attorney General of Canada to appeal the decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal in the constitutional challenge to the federal Tobacco Act. In other court-related developments, the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in favour of British Columbia's health care-cost recovery legislation strengthens the growing movement to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the damages done by its products. Four provinces--Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba--now have, or have proposed, similar legislation.

The National Strategy: Moving Forward - The 2005 Progress Report on Tobacco Control
In the 2004 edition, Moving Forward discussed the relationship between tobacco use, health determinants, and health disparities. This year the report expands on that discussion with a closer look at gender and tobacco use, which suggests that cessation strategies need to be tailored not just to age, but to gender as well. Moving Toward a Smoke-Free Society takes a closer look at the National Strategy's four goals: prevention, cessation, protection, and denormalization. And finally, Progress in Strategic Directions showcases a sampling of tobacco control initiatives from across the country.

The National Strategy: Moving Forward - The 2004 Progress Report on Tobacco Control
The 2004 Progress Report on Tobacco Control, Moving Forward, is the fourth report on developments connected to a framework for action against tobacco use which was endorsed and implemented in 1999 by Canada 's federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Health. New Directions for Tobacco Control in Canada: A National Strategy emphasizes sustained, comprehensive, integrated and collaborative approaches to reducing tobacco use, and is based upon shared responsibility among all levels of governments -- federal, provincial, territorial and local -- and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This Report outlines tobacco control activities undertaken from May, 2003 to May, 2004 in the context of the National Strategy.

The National Strategy: Moving Forward - 2003 Progress Report on Tobacco Control
As in past reports, this report offers information from the provinces, territories, non-governmental organizations, and the federal government on current tobacco control efforts. In the first two reports this information was organized according to the National Strategy's five strategic directions: Policy and Legislation; Public Education; Building and Supporting Capacity for Action; Industry Accountability and Product Control; and Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring; and a special focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. With so many tobacco control initiatives taking place throughout Canada, this year's Moving Forward concentrates on the first three strategic directions to be able to include more examples of those types of initiatives.

2002 Progress Report on Tobacco Control in Canada
The 2002 report is the National Strategy's second annual progress report. The first report identified information currently available, noted trend data and established baseline data for previously unreported indicators. This second report takes a more focused approach by concentrating on prevalence and consumption statistics and by providing examples of progress made by the wide variety of initiatives carried out across the country. (September 2002)

Tobacco Control Liaison Committee (TCLC)

The Tobacco Control Liaison Committee was created in 2000 by the federal/provincial/territorial Advisory Committee on Population Health and Health Security (ACPHHS) to enable collaboration around implementation of the New Directions for Tobacco Control - A National Strategy. Each jurisdiction (federal / territorial / provincial) is represented on the Committee. The Federal government is represented by officials from Health Canada's Tobacco Control Programme and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. The Committee is co-chaired by a federal and a provincial/territorial representative.

The role of this f/p/t committee is to monitor progress against achievement of the objectives of the National Strategy, and to provide a forum for discussion directed at improving the policy coherence and programming efficiency of tobacco control in Canada. The TCLC provides advice to the ACPHHS in this regard, which in turn advises the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health. The TCLC also facilitates ongoing collaboration with non-governmental organizations active in tobacco control.

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