Take a different kind of smoke break

    Ontario's doctors say take a break from routine

    TORONTO, May 30 /CNW/ - World No Tobacco Day is May 31st and Ontario's
doctors are recommending a different approach to managing your smoking habit.
If you don't think you're ready to quit, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA)
is suggesting a cigarette holiday.
    "By taking a break, some smokers realize that they can indeed manage
their habit and are empowered to consider quitting for good," said Dr. Suzanne
Strasberg, President of the Ontario Medical Association. "There is no safe
level of smoking, but there are multiple benefits to cutting back
    For some smokers being tobacco-free is not a foreseeable goal, but a
short vacation from smoking, especially with the help of nicotine
replacements, makes quitting achievable and is an important step toward
longer-term tobacco abstinence.
    A report released by the OMA in 2008 found a decrease in cigarette use
has been shown to increase both the motivation to quit and successful quit
attempts. Studies have also shown that nicotine replacement products can help
reduce smoking consumption among smokers not deliberately trying to cut down.
In one study, smokers using these were able to reduce their smoking by over 50
per cent without feeling deprived. The risks of smoking-caused diseases such
as cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular disease increase
with higher cigarette consumption.
    "We know quitting isn't easy," said Dr. Ted Boadway, OMA tobacco
spokesperson. "But a smoking holiday is and here's how it can help. Cutting
back on cigarettes for a short period of time, even during a day at work or
during a long plane or car trip, may introduce the option of eventually
becoming tobacco-free."

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For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact OMA
Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862

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