Quebec Lung Association applauds new support for smokers wanting to quit

    MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Quebec Lung Association is pleased with the
Quebec government's recent decision to add a new prescription smoking
cessation treatment to the provincial formulary.
    "Adding Champix to the Quebec formulary is great news for Quebeckers who
want to quit smoking," said Louis Brisson, director of the Quebec Lung
Association. "Smoking is an addiction, and people wanting to quit deserve our
help and support. We are very encouraged by this example of the government's
strong commitment to a smoke-free Quebec."
    Late in 2007, the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee (CEDAC), made
the recommendation that provincial formularies cover Champix (varenicline
tartrate), a treatment approved earlier this year by Health Canada. Quebec is
the first province to take action on this recommendation by adding it to the
regular and hospital formularies. This action underscores the fact that
smoking is not simply a habit; rather, it is a chronic relapsing medical
condition that typically involves a physical and psychological dependency on
    "Making new smoking cessation options, such as Champix, available to
smokers, who want to quit is an important step to reducing smoking rates in
Quebec," said Mr. Brisson. "We encourage other provinces to heed Quebec's
example and follow CEDAC's recommendation."
    "During this non-smoking campaign, we have an opportunity to improve
Canadians' awareness of the dangers of smoking and assist people to quit
smoking. Smoking is responsible for 45,000 Canadian deaths every year-more
than the total number of deaths from AIDS, car accidents, suicide, murder,
fires and accidental poisonings combined. People who are determined to quit
need support and all the necessary tools that we can provide," he said.
    Visit for the best strategies to stop smoking. Quebeckers
can also call Ligne Poumon-9, 1-888-768-6669 ext 232, Quebec's first
specialized hotline staffed by health professionals who are trained in smoking

    Established in 1900, the Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest and
most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for
science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy
on lung health issues.

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Villeneuve, The Quebec Lung Association,
(514) 287-7400 poste 228; Dan Brennan, NATIONAL PharmaCom, (514) 843-2345

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