The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for Control of Tobacco (ACT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative health, economic, and environmental effects of tobacco use on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, ACT is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive Tobacco Reduction Strategy (TRS) for the province, as well as working with partners in every region towards our vision of a tobacco-free Newfoundland and Labrador.
Recent News in Tobacco Control…
Tobacco Use in Canada – Patterns and Trends 2019
The Tobacco Use in Canada Report for 2019 has recently been released. This report is part of a series of reports on tobacco use in Canada. It was developed by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. The report uses data from national surveys conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada to summarize the main patterns and trends in tobacco use in Canada, primarily since 1999, with a focus on the most current data available.
The Government of Canada implements commitment to plain packaging for tobacco products
On May 1, 2019 the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced new regulations for plain and standardized appearance of tobacco packages and products will begin to come into force on November 9, 2019.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy and the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program
Effective December 4, 2018, the Provincial Smoking Cessation Program will have more nicotine replacement therapy products covered under the program, specifically gum,lozenge and inhaler. This builds on the existing coverage of the patch and prescription medications Champix and Zyban.
The Provincial Smoking Cessation Program assists eligible individuals under the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) Access, Foundation and 65 Plus Plans by contributing to the cost of quit smoking aids (prescription medications or nicotine replacement therapy). This program complements advice and assistance from health care providers and the work of the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association Smokers’ Helpline in helping individuals quit smoking. These efforts support the Department of Health and Community Services Chronic Disease Action Plan and the provincial governments’ Way Forward target to reduce smoking rates by 4% by 2025. For more information see