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McMaster University Leading Change

McMaster University Leading Change – Ontario’s First 100% Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus

By: Rachel McLay.  As of January 1st, 2018, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario became the first post-secondary institution in the province, and the 14th in the country, to implement a tobacco and smoke-free policy across campus. This policy supports improving the health and wellness of the community, whether through minimizing exposure to tobacco and smoking products, or encouraging people to quit. Given that 1 in 10 Canadians smoked regularly or occasionally in 2015, with young adults being the most likely to smoke compared to other age groups, eliminating tobacco and smoking from campuses is a step in the right direction towards meaningful change. The Lung Association – Ontario would like to congratulate McMaster on being a leader in this movement and for contributing towards the prevention of the many serious and chronic conditions linked to tobacco-use and smoking.

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