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PHO Rounds: Health Conditions Attributable to Smoking and Alcohol by Public Health Unit in Ontario

Every year in Ontario, smoking and alcohol consumption are responsible for thousands of deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits. A new report by Ontario Health and Public Health Ontario provides estimates of the prevalence of smoking and alcohol use in the province and includes detailed estimates of the number of harms caused by smoking and alcohol consumption. The report also provides estimates of the number of cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, respiratory, communicable disease, neuropsychiatric, and injury harms. These are provided for all of Ontario and for each public health unit.

Note: this report does not include information on the impact of COVID-19 on smoking and alcohol attributable harms, as the available data only went up to 2019 at the time of analysis.

View the full report at: publichealthontario.ca/smoking-alcohol

Intended audience: Ontario public health units; Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Management in Public Health (OCDPMPH); public health non-governmental organizations and provincial associations; all public health practitioners working in tobacco/smoking, alcohol, or substance use; researchers, epidemiologists, public health physicians and public health staff in health promotion and communication

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify health conditions that are caused by smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Describe recent estimates of deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits that are caused by smoking and alcohol use in Ontario
  • Explain the types of health conditions that have the greatest number of harms due to smoking and alcohol consumption

Presenter(s): Justin Thielman and Naomi Schwartz

Justin Thielman is an Epidemiologist Lead in the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention department at Public Health Ontario (PHO), where he has worked for the past ten years. During this time, he has led a number of projects examining the determinants of chronic diseases.

Naomi Schwartz is the Lead for Smoking Cessation and an Epidemiologist at Ontario Health, where she has worked for the past ten years. She has worked on multiple projects related to chronic disease prevention and surveillance.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 15 March 2023