Keep cancer on the agenda
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Oct 22, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Keep cancer on the agenda

Stratford Gazette

As residents gear up to the October 27 municipal election, the Canadian Cancer Society wants cancer prevention on the election agenda.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. This year alone, approximately 73,800 Ontarians will receive a new cancer diagnosis. To help prevent cancer in our community, we need municipal leaders to take action and implement healthy public policies.

During this municipal election, the Canadian Cancer Society is encouraging our candidates to show leadership by making cancer prevention a priority in our community.

We can achieve this by:

•     Creating smoke-free outdoor spaces like parks and playgrounds to help reduce our exposure to second-hand smoke.

• Making our bar and restaurant patios smoke-free.

• Flavoured tobacco is enticing to youth and a ban could go long way in helping prevent a new generation of smokers through reducing youth experimentation.

• Council can take a stand by passing a resolution calling on the province to pass legislation banning flavoured tobacco products.

• Educating and informing the public about radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario. Information about how to test for it and reduce exposure should be widely available. The council could also call on the provincial government to make radon mitigation measures mandatory.

Cancer should never be off the table. We are calling on all candidates for council to make health a priority in our community by supporting these policies.

Together, we can make our home and Ontario a healthier place to live and raise our families.

Dianne Mohr

Manager,

Huron-Perth Office,

Canadian Cancer Society

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