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Canadian Public Health Association

Symposiums et ateliers

Les séances seront présentées dans la langue de leur titre. 

mercredi 30 mai

Evidence on e-cigarette use and perceptions, and the implications for tobacco control: Canadian and international perspectives

10 h 30 à 11 h 45

This symposium will describe current evidence on e-cigarettes in Canada and internationally, and discuss the implications of relevant e-cigarette and tobacco policies. The session will include an overview of population-level patterns of e-cigarette and tobacco use in Canada, Australia, United States, and England, from two large international cohort studies from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) Project, focusing on adults and youth, respectively. The unique policy environments of each country will be discussed, particularly with respect to the potential consequences for tobacco and e-cigarette use. Detailed findings regarding perceptions of the harmfulness of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco smoking will be examined, along with their potential effects on use of these products. Rounding out the symposium with evidence on the products available locally, findings from a study of constituents in e-cigarette products in Ontario will also be presented, including a discussion of product standards and constituent labelling. This session will provide relevant background and policy implications on products for which regulation is currently evolving.

The implications of cannabis legalization for tobacco control

12 h 30 à 13 h 45

This session will explore the following challenges and opportunities:

  • The possible renormalization of public smoking.  Cannabis legalization and the potential for widespread public use could undermine smoke-free laws and renormalize public smoking.  
  • The joint or mixed use of tobacco and cannabis.  A significant number of cannabis users mix tobacco with cannabis which is inconsistent with low risk cannabis use guidelines.
  • The reality of cannabis regulation exceeding tobacco regulation.  Federal and provincial cannabis laws exceed a number of regulatory measures to address tobacco use even though tobacco kills at least 45 times more Canadians.
  • The positive implications of cannabis legalization for tobacco control.  Cannabis legalization presents several opportunities for tobacco control including the potential to expand smoke-free laws and to further restrict the retail sale of tobacco.

Delegates can use this information to help guide their tobacco control efforts in a legalized cannabis environment.  Cannabis legalization poses threats and opportunities for tobacco control that cannot be overlooked and need to be carefully identified, assessed and managed.

Pursuing the tobacco endgame in Ontario

14 h 15 à 15 h 30

Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization: Report of the Executive Steering Committee presents a bold blueprint for Ontario’s tobacco endgame strategy. Appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-term Care, this committee of healthcare leaders established five year and ten year targets to put Ontario on course to reducing tobacco use to less than 5 percent by 2035. To achieve these targets, the Report specifies transformative measures to contain the tobacco industry, promote cessation, decrease initiation, and protect Ontarians from second-hand smoke and harmful aerosol of both tobacco and cannabis. 

This symposium will highlight what must be done in the short- and long-term at both provincial and regional levels, and how this plan was informed by Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario (2016). It will also explore challenges and opportunities for advocacy for the implementation of the recommendations found within the Report. 

Tobacco taxation, pricing and affordability: A cornerstone of tobacco control

15 h 45 - 17 h

Tobacco taxation is an essential element of tobacco control with enormous public health implications.

This symposium will explore the various aspects of tobacco pricing and taxation including fiscal policy, affordability, industry pricing, reinvestment and contraband trade.

Although cigarette taxes and prices have increased over the past several decades, these increases have been mitigated by wage increases and by tobacco industry discounting and lobbying activities.

The tobacco industry has actively fought tax increases with price discounting and marketing schemes, by exaggerating the size and impact of contraband tobacco and by mobilizing support against tax increases.

A recent report commissioned by Health Canada revealed that Canada will need to rely on substantial tobacco tax increases to achieve its stated goal of reducing smoking prevalence to five percent by 2035.

Governments can justify higher tobacco taxes and accelerate tobacco reduction by reinvesting the proceeds in tobacco use cessation and prevention programs. 

jeudi 31 mai


11 h à 12 h 30

In this 90 minute workshop, participants will gain information and approaches to understanding tobacco and healthy eating, all the while creating their own piece of quilled art. The overall experience of this hands on workshop will demonstrate to participants the importance of taking a gentle approach to health promotion while ensuring the transfer of traditional knowledge and cultural revitalization that is important to: one’s own identity; sense of belonging; and connection.

How to boil the ocean: Addressing multiple modifiable risk factors in clients who smoke

11 h à 12 h 30

Tobacco use does not occur in isolation and is often only one component in an array modifiable risk factors that individual may present with (e.g. excess alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, stress tolerance, and poor sleep). These risk factors can also pose significant barriers to the likelihood that an individual will be able to quit successfully. As a result, it is important to ensure that treatment of tobacco use is situated within a larger, more holistic approach to care. However, it can be challenging to know where and how to begin. 

This workshop will provide delegates with the framework for addressing tobacco use in individuals who present with multiple modifiable risk factors. Delegates will be walked through case studies and will be provided opportunities for application. By the end of the workshop, delegates will have tools they can take back to their practice and use immediately as a part of their treatment of patients who use tobacco and have other modifiable risk factors.

Reaching 5% by 2035: Working together to achieve a tobacco endgame in Canada

16 h à 17 h 30

Leading health organizations, clinicians and researchers in Canada are working to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use from 17% to under 5% by 2035.  The federal government has also committed to this goal. Less than 5% has been described as a “tobacco endgame” approach and is endorsed by organizations such as the Lung Association, the Canadian Medical Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer society among others who are pressing for bold and innovative measures to achieve the endgame. It is pressing that all of public health work together to accelerate efforts to curb what remains as Canada’s leading preventable cause of premature death killing 45,000 people annually. We will discuss new and aggressive measures to control the supply of tobacco, and tobacco industry profit incentives, regulate the product itself, provide greatly enhanced cessation support, prevent a new generation of smokers,  take advantage of litigation, address tobacco control at all levels of Canadian society learn from progress elsewhere.