VANCOUVER, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - National Non-Smoking Week - January
15-21, 2012 - which has been hosted by the Canadian Council for Tobacco
Control for more than three decades, announced that its theme for 2012
is Breaking up is hard to do. The Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon, is promoting National
Non-Smoking Week by encouraging British Columbians and Yukoners to
"kiss tobacco goodbye." Like any relationship, breaking up with
cigarettes can be hard to do, both physically and psychologically, but
there is support if you need it. The Canadian Cancer Society wants to
help smokers end their dependent relationship with tobacco.
In Canada, it's estimated that smoking is responsible for 30% of all
cancer deaths and is related to more than 85% of lung cancer cases.
Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in
BC, but it's also one of the most difficult addictions to break.
Ready to "break up" with tobacco - but don't know how or where to start?
Last September, the BC government made nicotine replacement therapies
available at no cost to British Columbians trying to quit smoking. The
move addressed one of the difficulties facing those wanting to quit.
Since the launch of the program, more than 63,000 British Columbians
have registered for free nicotine replacement therapy. The Canadian
Cancer Society thanks the BC government for taking steps to improve the
health of British Columbians, as well as the health of their families.
The Canadian Cancer Society also offers support to smokers who wish to
"break up" with tobacco through its One Step at a Time quit smoking guide. If you are in the Yukon and thinking about
quitting, call 1 877 513-5333 to reach the Smokers' Helpline - a free, confidential service that provides personalized support,
advice and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. In BC,
personalized support about quitting smoking and tobacco use is
available for smokers at quitnow.ca. Further information and resources are available at cancergameplan.ca. The Canadian Cancer Society encourages all smokers to make today the
day you kiss tobacco goodbye.
Established in 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society is a national charity
that fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, fund
research and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Visit
our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division)
For further information:
Gina Ungaro, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon
604 675-7335 (office)
604 313-8097 (mobile)