While rates of smoking have declined in recent decades, tobacco use remains the leading cause of avoidable death in Canada, and kills about 5 million people worldwide. This presentation will provide an up-to-date review of the current hazards of smoking, benefits of cessation and taxation of tobacco . It will also present newer findings on social inequalities in tobacco-attributable mortality in Ontario and globally.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Understand how the contemporary hazards of smoking and benefits of cessation have changed over time
2. Understand the impact of taxation on reducing tobacco deaths
3. Understand the social inequalities relevant to tobacco use and taxation
Presenter: Prabhat Jha
Prabhat Jha OC, MD, DPhil is Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Director for the Centre for Global Health Research.
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