The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control’s National Non-Smoking Week has just begun and will run from January 21st to the 27th. The event, which addresses the health issues that smoking can cause aims to:
- Educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking
- Offer solutions to help people quit
- Prevent young Canadians from beginning to smoke and become addicted to tobacco cigarettes
- Assist in the attainment of a smoke-free society in Canada
The Mikey Network believes this annual event to be of high importance as smoking is one of the lead contributors to heart disease and cancers for Canadians.
Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can ultimately lead to a heart attack. When it comes to heart disease prevention, no amount of smoking is safe. Smokeless tobacco and low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes also are risky, as is exposure to secondhand smoke.
To help smokers or those who know of a smoker in their life to quit, we encourage you to utilize the following resources.
- Smokers Helpline: A site that is dedicated to helping smokers understand the benefits and negatives that can be attributed to smoking. It also has community forums for those who are in the process of quitting and resources to begin your first steps.
- The Government of Canada: The government has created a site that allows you to connect with an organization in your province that provides resources on how to quit. They also have a toll free line that you can use to ask questions and talk to someone about quitting.
- Break it off: Is a free mobile app that is dedicated to helping younger people quit smoking.
- Leave the pack behind: Is a free resource from the Government of Ontario that offers young adults information on how to quit and personalized support.