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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release
June 17, 2005
Attention News/Assignment Editors

Still Too Many Canadians Dying From Tobacco Use --
Tobacco Control Leaders To Meet In Ottawa


The 4th National Conference on Tobacco or Health will take place next week in Ottawa. Tobacco control leaders and health professionals from across Canada will gather to seek solutions to protect the health of all Canadians, and to denormalize tobacco and the tobacco industry.

Issues to be addressed by internationally recognized experts in tobacco control include

  • second-hand smoke protection
  • youth smoking prevention
  • smoking cessation
  • tobacco industry denormalization.

Minister of Health, The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh is expected to participate in the Tuesday morning plenary session, and on Monday evening the delegates will gather on Parliament Hill for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died from tobacco-related disease, and to consider the thousands of lives that may be saved by understanding tobacco risks and taking action accordingly. At noon on Tuesday the youth delegates plan an action event in downtown Ottawa.

Details of the program can be found at www.4ncth.ca . The news media may register online at that web site, or on Monday morning in the media room at the conference.

When: Monday, June 20th to Wednesday, June 22nd

Where: The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Registration: 4th Floor, PEI Room

Media Contact: Lauren Wolff
Friday: (416) 971-9800 ext. 3296
From Sunday Evening: (613) 286-4135

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