January 16, 2004
Where: Churchill Cigar Store
5000 Highway 7 East,
(Upper Level in the
Who: Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, City of
John Zawilinski, Regional Manager
Tobacco Control Program, Ontario/Nunavut, Health
· Tobacco vendors are routinely surveyed to assess compliance with the Act. The most recent check was conducted in the latter part of 2003. Following Ministry of Health protocol, tobacco vendors were randomly selected to determine their willingness to sell tobacco products to underage youth. Test shoppers, aged 15 to17 years, were employed by York Region Health Services to assist with the survey. They entered the selected stores and attempted to purchase tobacco. If a sale occurred, a tobacco enforcement officer then issued a warning to the vendor.
· The survey indicated that non-compliance with the Tobacco Control Act has successfully decreased from 21.9% in 2001 to 13.25% in 2003, due in part to increased education of vendors about the Act. The survey showed that the majority of sales occurred in convenience stores.
· There are over 900 tobacco vendors in York Region. Of these, approximately 8% are Korean-speaking. Language-specific educational materials help vendors better understand and comply with the Tobacco Control Act.
· The Korean Tobacco Retailer Information Kit contains a variety of educational and promotional materials on the Tobacco Control Act, including a newly developed Korean Tobacco Retailer's Fact Sheet. This fact sheet was produced as a partnership project of York Region Health Services and Health
· National Non-Smoking Week is January 18 through 24, 2004. The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control started national Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) in 1977. It is
Selling or supplying tobacco to anyone under the age of 19 years is against the law. York Region Health Services encourages residents to call and report any vendor that they see selling to under age youth. All calls are kept in the strictest of confidence.
To report a vendor or for information on the Tobacco Control Act, how to quit smoking or other health-related issue, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free).
For information on National Non-Smoking Week visit http://www.cctc.ca/
Contact: Wendy Lewis,
905-830-4444 Ext. 1238