Jan. 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick is observing National Non-Smoking Week, Jan. 18 - 22. This year's theme is, Quitting is contagious, pass it on!
"Through the Provincial Wellness Strategy, the department has been working for many years on strategies to reduce the number of smokers in the province," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "The theme of National Non-Smoking Week this year is interesting because it talks about the impact we have on people around us.
"For instance, if our spouse were to stop smoking, we would most likely follow suit, and the same if it were a friend, a family member, a co-worker or anyone close to us. We hope that, this year, more people will stop smoking to improve their health and to protect the health of others."
The Wellness Branch collaborates with the Canadian Cancer Society-New Brunswick and Health Canada to provide and promote the Smokers' Helpline, 1-877-513-5333. This is a free, bilingual service that provides counselling to New Brunswickers who are thinking about stopping, not thinking about stopping, or trying to remain tobacco free. A related service, the Smokers' Helpline Online, offers tips and tools that help users understand their tobacco behaviour.
The Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport works with many other groups to support cessation services, including the two regional health authorities, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Lung Association and health profession associations.
The number of smokers has decreased in recent years in New Brunswick, but one in five New Brunswickers still smoke. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in Canada.
"To live well and be well, it is important for New Brunswickers to continue to promote tobacco-free living as part of a healthy lifestyle," said Albert.
More information about National Non-Smoking Week is online.
CONTACT PERSON: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.