Here you will find information about quitting smoking, the risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, youth and tobacco use, relevant legislation and smoking in the workplace.

Smoking is the primary cause of premature death and disease in Ontario.

In Ontario smoking causes:

  • About 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% in women.
  • Other cancers such as pancreatic, stomach, bladder, kidney, cervical, oesophageal, laryngeal, oral and leukemia.
  • Smoking-related cardiovascular disease which is responsible for more than 6,000 deaths a year.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (including emphysema & chronic bronchitis) which is the third leading cause of smoking-related adult death.

Types of tobacco products

What is a tobacco product?

Products that contain or are made from tobacco are called tobacco products. To learn about different types of tobacco products see the list below (there may be other tobacco products that are not listed) and follow the links for more information.

Tobacco Industry Products


Water Pipe Smoking - Share the Facts


The Public Health Resource Centre has resources about smoking and tobacco for a variety of age groups: teaching kits, DVDs, displays, and posters may be borrowed free of charge by anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Waterloo Region. Pamphlets are available to keep.

To see what is available for borrowing, please see the Public Health Resource Centre website (Resources by Topic)

Or contact Public Health Resource Centre staff at or 519-575-4400.