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Society volunteer receives Heather Crowe Award as part of Smoke-Free Ontario Act 10th Anniversary

31 May 2016

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to be marking the 10th anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act by celebrating pubic issues volunteer Mary Ransom receiving the Heather Crowe Award for significant achievements in creating a smoke-free Ontario. Mary has been a Society volunteer for nearly 40 years and has an unwavering spirit and dedication for our work to prevent cancer and influence health policies.

The landmark Smoke-Free Ontario Act was first introduced on World No Tobacco Day in 2006 with the aim of protecting Ontarians from the dangers of second-hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in indoor spaces. The legislation has evolved into a more comprehensive approach to tobacco control.

“We have seen many key advances in tobacco control since the Smoke-Free Ontario Act has been in effect, such as banning flavoured tobacco, increasing restrictions on retail displays and marketing to youth and the expansion of smoke-free spaces to include outdoor patios and parks,” says Rowena Pinto, Vice President, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division.

The movement to help ban second-hand smoke was led in part by Heather Crowe, a non-smoker who developed lung cancer through exposure to second-hand smoke in her workplace. After her cancer diagnosis she began advocating for stronger second-hand smoke bylaws.

Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable disease and death and is responsible for 30% of all cancers. The tobacco industry continues to target young people and fight smoke-free measures. The Society and our tireless volunteers like Mary will continue to advocate for stronger tobacco control measures until Ontario is truly smoke-free.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Fekete

Communications Manager

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 613-565-2522 ext 4985