Government Actions to Control Tobacco

The government of Québec is actively committed to the fight against smoking. The following is a summary of key actions it has taken toward this goal since 1995.



Launch of 1st Québec Anti-Smoking Action Plan (Plan d’action québécois de lutte contre le tabagisme). The 1st phase of this initiative began with the drafting and passing of the Tobacco Act. Québec ranks among societies most strongly committed to legislative measures to combat smoking.


Declaration of tobacco control as one of 7 national public-health priorities for 1997−2002.


Tobacco Act is passed.


Inclusion of funding for nicotine-withdrawal therapies on list of prescription drugs covered by the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan This hyperlink will open in a new window..


Taxes on tobacco raised. This measure enables an increase in funding for tobacco control.

Drafting and implementation of the Plan québécois de lutte contre le tabagisme 2001-2005 (Québec Plan to Fight Tobacco Use 2001-2005 – In French only). This plan introduces a comprehensive and integrated “de-normalization” strategy that aims to change society’s attitudes toward smoking and tobacco products.

Investment increased, allowing the stepping up of:

  • Communication and information campaigns on the harm caused by smoking
  • Educational activities and support for people who want to quit smoking
  • Inspection activities designed to reinforce the Tobacco Act.


Reference framework developed and the implementation of the Plan québécois d’abandon du tabagisme (PQAT, or quit smoking plan)

Taxes on tobacco raised, allowing an increase in funding for tobacco control.


In its Québec Public Health Program 2003−2012 This hyperlink will open in a new window., the government identifies the following objectives:

  • Reduce the proportion of smokers aged 15 and over to 18 %
  • Reduce smoking among high school students
  • Reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.


The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux initiates a new information campaign on second-hand smoke. This campaign is aimed at making the public aware of the harm associated with exposure to tobacco smoke in public places, particularly in restaurants and bars.


Passage of the Act to amend the Tobacco Act and other legislative provisions.


In May, the Tobacco Act comes into effect for some public places. This Act covers the use, provision and promotion of tobacco products. Other legislative measures also come into effect in September.


Come into effect:

  • Regulation under the Tobacco Act
  • Regulation respecting the warning from the Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux concerning the harmful effects of tobacco on health
  • The prohibition of tobacco use and installation of smoking rooms in some workplaces
  • The prohibition of displaying tobacco or tobacco packaging in a tobacco retail outlet.


Adoption of the Tobacco-Related Damages and Health-Care Costs Recovery Act This hyperlink will open in a new window..

As of June 1, the amount paid by a consumer for one or more tobacco products other than cigarettes must be greater than $10.


Publication and distribution of the Québec Plan for the Prevention of Teen Smoking 2010−2015 (Plan québécois de prévention du tabagisme chez les jeunes 2010−2015).


Passage of the Loi visant à renforcer la lutte contre le tabagisme This hyperlink will open in a new window. (Act to bolster tobacco control – in French only). This Act amends the Tobacco Act, which becomes the Tobacco Control Act.

Some legislative provisions come into effect when the Act is passed on November 26, 2015. To learn about them, visit the Tobacco Control Act page.


Other legislative provisions come into effect on May 26, August 26 and November 26. To learn about them, visit the Tobacco Control Act page.


Health and social services establishments and post-secondary institutions must have adopted a policy for creating a smoke-free environment no later than November 26.

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