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 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.
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.