At a meeting with federal health minister Diane Marleau on Nov. 16, 1995, the CMA and other health organizations were told that the minister plans to propose comprehensive measures to limit the manufacture, sale and marketing of tobacco products. On Dec. 11, 1995, the minister announced a "Blueprint on Tobacco Control," which outlined the scope of her plan to introduce tobacco legislation in the spring. On the basis of adamant support for tobacco control from all levels of the organization, the CMA urges the minister to move quickly. It also advocates regulating tobacco as a hazardous product in the meantime. Physicians can take a wide variety of actions to intervene with patients and add their voice to antitobacco lobbying efforts in 1996.