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 (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and advocate to governments for important social change.

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For more information, please contact:

Susan Fekete

Communications Manager

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 613-565-2522 ext 4985