Formerly known as "Info-tabac", Smoke-Free Montreal* was founded
in the fall of 1994 in order to promote and support, from a public health
perspective, the spread of
information on tobacco issues.
It is worth repeating that according to a Health Canada
endorsed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, tobacco
kills about thirty Quebecers every day (10,400 deaths for the 2002 reference
year), as a result of cancer, heart failure and lung disease.
*The new name "Smoke-Free Montreal", a non-profit organization,
was registered in January 2013 to avoid any confusion with our
previous website and Info-tabac magazine, which were transferred to a new publisher.
▪ The publication of 94 issues of
Info-tabac magazine (in
French), from its launch in 1996 until its transfer in October
2012 to the Canadian Cancer Society - Quebec Division, which
continues to publish it. From 2004 to 2012, the magazine appeared an average
of five times a year, with press runs of more than 5,000 copies.
Accurately summarizing the most recent developments regarding tobacco issues, each
16-page magazine contained numerous colour illustrations.
These 94 issues are on the Library and Archives Canada website:
www.info-tabac.ca website, from its launch in 2000 until October 2012
when it was turned over to the Canadian Cancer Society - Quebec Division, which
currently maintains it. This site consisting of more than 1,300 pages includes every issue of Info-tabac magazine in HTML format (nos. 1 to
the present) and as PDFs (no. 95 to the present). It registered over 128,000
visits in 2011.
booths, in several scientific conferences covering tobacco issues,
including the first International Francophone Conference on Tobacco
Control (Montreal, September 2002), the eighth Quebec Annual Public Health
Days (Montreal, December 2004), the fourth National Conference on Tobacco
or Health (Ottawa, June 2005), the second International Francophone Conference on Tobacco Control (Paris, September 2005), the
National Conference on Tobacco or Health (Montreal, November 2009),
the seventh National Conference on Tobacco or Health (Toronto, November
2011) and the 22nd World Cancer Congress (Montreal, August 2012).
▪ The publication of 10 issues of the Tobacco Info magazine, the
pancanadian English version of our former Info-tabac magazine,
from its launch in June 2010 to its last issue in August 2012. Since
the withdrawal of Health Canada's financial support, we have been
looking for an organization that would agree to continue to publish
Tobacco Info. Our last issue (no. 10) dated August 2012) is available
On-site reporting for our magazines on several major world events
related to smoking, including four World Conferences on Tobacco or
Health (Chicago 2000, Washington 2006, Mumbai 2009 and
Singapore 2012), the United Nations Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (New York 2011) and the World Cancer Congress
▪ The publication in the fall of 2008 of a series of five
one-page Informational Advertisements (in French) in three popular Quebec magazines (Le
Lundi, 7 jours and Moi & Cie). The topics
smuggling, the dangers of smoking, cigarillos, the fight against tobacco
and how to quit smoking.
Promoting the innovative (and graphic) Health Canada
warnings now shown on
cigarette packages. In 1995, a campaign of support in several publications.
In 2003, the publication of a special booklet explaining the first illustrated
▪ Opposition to tobacco industry sponsorphip of sporting, recreational
and cultural events. Unique documentation on this topic,
appearances before parliamentary committees, various presentations and
Beginning in 1988, the Canadian and Quebec governments gradually
enacted laws prohibiting such
sponsorships. In 2003, these sponsorships completely disappeared.
Collection of photographs, advertisements, video recordings,
archives related to smoking and the fight against the tobacco industry.
At the Montreal courthouse in April 2013, material drawn from our
collection was introduced as evidence in Quebec class actions suits against the major tobacco companies.
Our French-language services (magazine, website, informational
to a large extend supported by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services. As
for the Tobacco Info magazine, it benefited from the support of
Health Canada. Several private firms and health agencies have also
provided funding to us.
Denis Côté, founder, who still acts as part-time
Francis Thompson, senior editor of
Info-tabac issues 1 to 26 (1996 to 1999).
then, Mr. Thompson
in the fight against
tobacco, in Canada and
He is currently
of the Framework
the World Health
Josée Hamelin, senior editor of the
issues 43-72 (2003 to 2008). Ms. Hamelin continued her journalistic
career as editor of AutoJournal after being a
journalist at Quebecor.
Pierre Croteau, senior editor of
Info-tabac issues 73-90
(2008 to 2012). Mr. Croteau now authors a blog on trials against
the tobacco industry, particularly Quebec class action suits.
Anick Labelle, senior editor of
Info-tabac issues 91 to 94 (2012). Ms. Labelle continues this work, now with the Canadian Cancer Society - Quebec
Joe Strizzi, Joanne Brown, Geoffrey Lansdell and Mel
Lefebvre worked on the publication of Tobacco Info, the pancanadian
version of Info-tabac, published from 2010 to 2012.
Gabriela Blenchea, administrative assistant from 2010 to
2012. She is now office administrator with the Chief Scientist of Quebec.
Info-tabac and Tobacco Info magazines are each
supported by an editorial committee that proposes subjects and revises
texts prior to publication. These committees are composed of
professionals from various organizations involved in tobacco control.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(as of June 5, 2018)
▪ Mr. Patrice Bilodeau, President
▪ Ms. Josée Hamelin, Vice-President
▪ Mr. Denis
▪ Mr. Gérard
▪ Mr. Andy Régimbald, Advisor
▪ Mr. Kevin Gagné, Advisor
English Web page (You're
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French Web page
(Montréal sans fumée):
Email to the attention of Mr. Denis Côté / montreal-sf