Doctors Urge Patients to Make 2008 the Year to Quit Smoking

    TORONTO, Dec. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors are encouraging those who
smoke to make 2008 the year they quit. Doctors and other primary care
providers have been working with patients to help them develop a plan to quit
smoking and can help increase the chances of success.
    "Doctors understand that smoking is a serious addiction and we want to
provide patients with the support they need to become smoke-free," said Dr.
Ken Arnold, President-elect of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). "The
beginning of a new year is always a good time to renew your commitment to
improving your health and to make the decision to quit smoking for good."
    The OMA is offering the following tips for individuals who are looking to
quit smoking:

      -  If you smoke, avoid exposing others (especially children) to second
         hand smoke;
      -  Never smoke in a car with children present;
      -  Nicotine Replacement Therapies, like nicotine gum and the patch,
         will help you deal with the cravings. Keep nicotine gum with you at
         all times - it's available over the counter at pharmacies.
      -  Remove ALL cigarettes and ashtrays in your home and car.
      -  Regular exercise can help calm you down and relieve tension.
      -  Make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss how they can help;
      -  Make a resolution that you're going to have a healthy and smoke-free

    Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in
Canada. One in every four deaths from heart attacks and strokes in Canada is
caused by smoking, and tobacco use causes about 30 per cent of all cancers in
Canada and more than 85 per cent of lung cancers. In Ontario and each year
16,000 patients die prematurely because of smoking.
    "Make a commitment to be smoke-free in the New Year to keep you, and
those around you, healthier in 2008," said Dr. Arnold. "Everyday doctors treat
patients whose health is compromised from smoking, which is why we have been
advocating so strongly to protect Ontarians from tobacco use and second-hand

For further information:

For further information: please call OMA Media Relations, at (416)
340-2862 or 1-800-268-7215 ext.2862

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