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New tobacco strategy will need more funding to reach five per cent target, say observers

By Jolson Lim      

Despite serious funding cuts, Ottawa's tobacco control strategy was successful in cutting the number of Canadians who smoke from 25 per cent in 2001 to 15 per cent today. Now, the goal is slashing another 10 per cent by 2035, which experts say will require more funding.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured after Question Period on May 29, unveiled the government's new tobacco strategy on May 31. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor unveiled the country’s new anti-tobacco strategy last week with a goal of cutting the number of smokers to five per cent of the population by 2035, but observers say the lack of funding now offered for anti-tobacco initiatives makes it hard to meet. “It's an ambitious target ... but I don't think we're quite on track for that,” University of Waterloo professor David Hammond told The Hill Times. While it’s refreshing to see

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