Room 106, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street
  • November 4, 2016 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

This talk will highlight how Toronto Public Health (TPH) applies its framework for healthy public policy development using the fairly recent example of developing and implementing a hookah prohibition in Toronto. This was a lengthy, complex issue for TPH. Toronto is home to many communities for which hookah use is a cultural and social practice and high proportions of youth partake in hookah smoking. The presentation will outline how the hookah bylaw followed the six aspects of policy development. It will also speak to the key elements of success including the importance of stakeholder and community engagement (particularly of youth), the role of credible evidence and policy champions, the right policy lever and the need for a persistent and clear public health framing on the issue.