Ottawa – National Non-Smoking Week is January 21 – 28, 2018. The third week of January has been synonymous with National Non-Smoking Week for several decades. Each year, Canadians are given the opportunity to resolve to live happier, healthier lives by quitting smoking. This year, The Lung Association once again celebrates this week and takes it as an opportunity to provide encouragement for Canadians everywhere to quit smoking.
“Smoking can literally take your breath away,” says Terry Dean, President and CEO, The Lung Association – National. “Luckily, it is something that can be stopped. We know it’s not easy to quit and we know it takes time, but we are here to give tools and support and – ultimately- put air back into Canadians’ lungs.”
Starting on January 21, The Lung Association will be posting valuable tips and resources on its Facebook pages to inform, encourage and educate Canadians on the various cessation tools and resources available.
“We realize quitting smoking is not a battle that can be won within one week.
“National Non-Smoking Week is simply an opportunity to provide positive encouragement and help to those who are struggling to quit; those who have tried and failed; those who have yet to commit to this life-saving decision and those who have loved ones whose smoking is taking away valuable years spent together.”
For information about quitting, visit https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/smoking-and-tobacco and follow us on Facebook at Canadian Lung Association https://www.facebook.com/canadianlungassociation/.
Despite significant achievements in areas of cessation tools, smoke-free legislation, tax increases, advertising restrictions and public education, tobacco continues to be the number one cause of disease and preventable death.
Smoking can cause a host of lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer. The Lung Association continues to find research in tobacco, COPD and lung cancer among many others. For information about the research funded in the past five years, visit www.lung.ca/research.