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Hon. Minister Jim Watson Receives Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Tobacco Control

March 14, 2008

Ottawa - The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control (CCTC) presented its Award of Excellence to Hon. Minister Jim Watson (Ottawa West-Nepean) for his outstanding contribution to tobacco control and public health in Ontario.

While serving as the Hon. Minister of Health Promotion, the comprehensive Smoke-Free Ontario Act was enacted on May 31, 2006. Ontario became the fifth province in Canada to enact such legislation and by doing so, Ontario began protecting 12,687,000 citizens from the harmful effects of secondhand-smoke while creating an environment that is proven to help those who smoke and want to quit to achieve their goals.

The award was presented by Lynn-Ann Duffley, CCTC President, and Robert Walsh, CCTC Executive Director.

In her congratulatory remarks, Ms Duffley said, "Municipalities in Ontario have long demonstrated leadership in tobacco control, by championing Smoke-free Ontario, Minister Watson has made this province a world leader in the protection of its citizens from the harm of tobacco products."

"The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control is a key ally in the McGuinty government's efforts to reduce smoking," said Minister Watson. "This is a tremendous honour and I know that together we are saving lives."

The largest provincial jurisdiction in this country, Ontario has demonstrated great leadership, courage, conviction and commitment to health. From June 2005 to October 2007, Hon. Minister Watson was responsible for Ontarians' health and his leadership ensured the success of this important undertaking.

For more information, contact:
Robert Walsh, Executive Director, 613- 567-3050 ext. 107

Canadian Council for Tobacco Control
192 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1W8

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