January 15, 2008

National Non-Smoking Week: January 20-26, 2008

January 20 - 26, 2008 marks National Non-Smoking Week. This Canadian Council for Tobacco Control initiative has been observed for more than 30 years.

"Taking my Life Back from Tobacco"

"Taking my Life Back from Tobacco" is the 2008 National Non Smoking Week theme. This is an appropriate choice, given that half of regular tobacco users will die from their tobacco use. Tobacco use continues to be the most significant cause of preventable disease, disability, and premature death in Canada – tobacco alone kills three times more Canadians each year than alcohol, AIDS, illegal drugs, car accidents, suicide, and murder combined. In Canada, one in every six deaths is attributed to smoking.

Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke also poses serious risks to health. Adults who live with a smoker have a 20-30% greater chance of getting lung cancer and a 25-30% increased risk of dying of heart disease. Children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke have a higher risk of developing various health problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, and asthma.

Learn more about second hand smoke

What you can do to protect your children from second hand smoke

Weedless Wednesday

Weedless Wednesday promotes a "one day at a time" approach to quitting smoking - A concept appealing to many smokers who may be discouraged at the thought of an entire week without cigarettes, but who may be able to cope with one smoke-free day.

Many smokers have been successful with stopping smoking. In 2006, 20.1% of Manitobans reported that they are current smokers (which means four out of five Manitobans do not smoke). Another 27.1% of Manitobans reported that they are formers smokers. The remaining 52.8% reported that they have never smoked. There are more Manitobans who have quit smoking and are former smokers than there are current smokers! Smokers can quit!

Thinking of stopping smoking?

Tobacco Reduction Resources

Catching Our Breath

A unique approach to helping women overcome some of the problems they face with their use of tobacco.

Catching our Breath is for women who want to:

  • Reduce the amount they smoke
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn more about why they smoke
  • Learn ways to relax and cope without smoking

Where: Women's Health Clinic Resource Centre, 1st floor 419 Graham Ave.

When: Group sessions begin January 16, 2008 6-8 p.m. and run for eight weeks.

The fee is $40 ($20 low income), and includes resource materials.

Please call Marina at 947-2422 ext. 114 for more information.

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