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A New Tobacco Control Resource Centre for Health Professionals will be named to Honour the Accomplishments of Canadian Smoke-Free Champion Heather Crowe

Ottawa- As part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control (CCTC) has been asked to create a resource centre that will supply practitioners in Ontario working with individuals and communities with much needed information and program resources.

It is a privilege for the CCTC Board of Directors and staff to announce the naming of its newest project, the Heather Crowe Resource Centre.

"With Ontario going smoke-free in 2006, we could think of no other person who so exemplified the ideals of safe workplaces - smoke-free spaces for all Canadians. We are thrilled that she has graciously allowed us the honour of naming this centre after her," said CCTC President, Dr. Robert Cushman.

"The McGuinty government is working hard to protect the health of Ontarians by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces as of May 31, 2006."said Jim Watson, Minister of Health Promotion. "Heather Crowe's courage and commitment to smoke-free programs over the years will ensure that the Smoke Free Ontario Campaign will be the most comprehensive protection, prevention and cessation strategy in North America."

CCTC Executive Director Bob Walsh anticipates that the centre will be available at cctc.ca later this year and that it will grow into a pan-Canadian centre disseminating resources to all those working to eliminate the burden of preventable death and disease caused by the consumption and exposure to tobacco products.

Heather Crowe has been a tireless advocate for smoke-free places. Her work with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada has had her cross the country speaking to youth, political leaders and communities, sharing her experiences and her passion to protect all people from second hand smoke.

For more information, please contact:
Bob Walsh, Executive Director, 613 567-3050 x 107

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