Our local health unit is giving Ontario’s new law on smoking as thumbs up. Come the New Year smokers will not be allowed to light up in playgrounds, sports fields and on patios at restaurants and bars. Tobacco Program Coordinator with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit Leslie Gordon says one in five Canadians still smoke.

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Gordon says tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Ontario. She says 13,000 people die every year. However, as we get more informed about the dangers of smoking, Gordon says we have more options, today, to help smokers quit this terrible addiction.

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To help people curb their addiction the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit is offering STOP workshops through their district.

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For more info on the workshops you can go to the SMDHU website. The new Smoke-Free Ontario Act comes into effect January 1st 2015.