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Passage of municipal by-laws and provincial legislation targeting environmental tobacco smoke are good examples of how anti-tobacco programs have led to sustained change. To enforce those laws, health inspectors have been given the power to check for by-law infractions as part of their restaurant inspections, which will also help sustainability. Interestingly, it does not make sense to sustain the original program because its objectives have been achieved. So sustainability does not necessarily mean ongoing funding for a program, or that it should continue the way it started out or be run by the same organization. The intent of sustainability is to continue to address the problem with strategies that evolve as interventions take effect and the problem changes. (Edwards, Etowa, Kennedy, 2007, p.21).

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2009 08:33