• Canada becomes first country to require picture warnings on tobacco packages, setting a world-wide precedent, with regulations adopted in 2000 and in effect in 2001. There are now more than 115 countries/jurisdictions that have followed the Canadian model
• The Canadian Cancer Society establishes Smokers' Helpline in Ontario, providing smokers a toll-free service for assistance on how to quit, a service that would later be extended to several other provinces/territories
• Manitoba and Northwest Territories increase tobacco taxes
• Saskatchewan becomes first province to adopt legislation, with effect in 2002, prohibiting visible display of tobacco products at retail, and the second jurisdiction in the world to do so. All other provinces/territories would later also ban visible tobacco displays at retail
|2002||• Canada and all 13 provinces/territories increase tobacco taxes|
• British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Northwest Territories increase tobacco taxes
|2004||• Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories and Nunavut become first provinces/territories to adopt legislation making all restaurants and bars 100% smoke-free – all provinces and territories have now done so
• Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador increase tobacco taxes
||• Newfoundland becomes the first province/state in the world to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios
• Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador increase tobacco taxes
• Nova Scotia bans smoking on restaurant and bar patios
• Nova Scotia and Alberta increase tobacco tax
• Supreme Court of Canada unanimously upholds national advertising restrictions, sponsorship ban, and picture-based health warnings as constitutional
• Nova Scotia becomes first province to ban smoking in vehicles with kids
• Alberta bans smoking on restaurant and bar patios
• Yukon bans smoking in vehicles with kids
• Prince Edward Island and Yukon increase tobacco tax
• Canada extends advertising restrictions to include a ban on tobacco advertising in magazines, newspapers and other publications
History of tobacco control
The Canadian Cancer Society has been at the forefront of tobacco control advocacy for decades by advocating for important health policy changes. As a result of extensive advocacy to government, CCS has been successful at influencing numerous tobacco-related issues, including bans on indoor smoking in public places, restricting cigarette advertising and restricting flavoured tobacco.
The list below highlights some of the biggest tobacco control changes in Canada since 2000.
While significant progress to reduce tobacco use has been made, lots of work remains to be done. CCS will continue to advocate for stronger regulations and programs to help reduce smoking rates and reduce the rates of lung cancer in Canada.
We realize that our efforts cannot even be compared to what women face when they hear the words ... ‘you have cancer.’
How can you stop cancer before it starts?
Discover how 16 factors affect your cancer risk and how you can take action with our interactive tool – It’s My Life! Presented in partnership with Desjardins.