January 16 - 22 is National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) 2011
OTTAWA, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - There are ever increasing supports to help
people who want to quit. There are nicotine replacement therapies (gum,
patch, lozenge, etc), 1 800 quit lines, quit websites, seminars and
support groups, etc. To learn more, speak to your pharmacist, family
physician or contact your local public health unit.
NNSW is held towards the end of January in order to help support and
encourage the many individuals who make a New Year's resolution to
improve their life and the lives of their loved ones by choosing to
quit. There are as many reasons to quit as there are individual smokers
- hence the question posed by this year's theme - what's yours?
The 2011 theme is supported by five posters offering a range of answers
to this important question. They are:
Reason #23: Cigarette filters could contain pig's blood...
Reason #76: Polonium 210 — who wants to smoke that?
Reason #103: Monkey see, monkey do
Reason #238: It could cost you an arm and a leg!
Reason #401: To save a gene a day
Why be Concerned about Tobacco Use?
According to the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control's (CCTC)
President, Manuel Arango, "tobacco use remains the most significant
cause of preventable disease, disability, and premature death in
Canada, responsible for more than 37,000 deaths every year. Tobacco use
can cause or exacerbate cancers, heart and lung disease, stroke,
diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. It costs more to the
Canadian health care system and economy than it brings into provincial
and national coffers in terms of tax revenue."
NNSW has been observed for more than 30 years and is one of the longest
running and most important events in the CCTC's ongoing public
education efforts regarding the consequences of tobacco use. Its goals
to educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking;
to prevent people who do not smoke from beginning to smoke and becoming
addicted to tobacco;
to help people quit smoking;
to promote the right of individuals to breathe air unpolluted by tobacco
to denormalize the tobacco industry, tobacco industry marketing
practices, tobacco products, and tobacco use; and
to assist in the attainment of a smoke-free society in Canada.
To view the 2011 posters, to learn more about these issues, or to learn
more about NNSW, please visit nnsw.ca
SOURCE CANADIAN COUNCIL FOR TOBACCO CONTROL (CCTC)
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