Government Of Canada Announces Project That Will Increase Action Across Canada On Tobacco Use Reduction
Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced just over $630,000 in funding to the Canadian Public Health Association for a project that will help increase engagement of public health practitioners across Canada in tobacco use reduction initiatives.
"The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting all Canadians from the proven health hazards associated with tobacco use," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Today's funding announcement will give public health professionals the tools they need to help more Canadians quit smoking."
Funding from today's announcement will go towards a project entitled "The Next Stage: Delivering Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Knowledge Through Public Health Networks." This project will help integrate tobacco use reduction information into public health curriculum at post-secondary institutions, establish an online forum for public health practitioners, and establish a national public health approach to tobacco use reduction.
"This project will help ensure that we have a coordinated public health approach across Canada on tobacco issues," said MP Joy Smith. "We will continue to work with stakeholders, provinces, territories and other partners to reduce smoking rates in Canada."
This year, National Non-Smoking Week is taking place from January 17-23. It is a week devoted to preventing people from beginning to smoke and helping smokers quit. The theme this year "Quitting is contagious; pass it on!" recognizes that it is easier to quit smoking with the support of others.
"We have been educating Canadians about the hazards of smoking since 1959. Public health workers themselves are on the front-lines of tobacco control - from prevention to cessation," said Debra Lynkowski, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Public Health Association. "We are very pleased to work with Health Canada and our public health community to identify and share strategies that will help inform the next generation of tobacco control policy."
Tobacco use is the single biggest cause of preventable disease, disability and premature death in Canada. It has negative effects on nearly every organ of the body. Every year, at least 37,000 Canadians die from the effects of smoking, while many others are diagnosed with related illnesses such as heart disease, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
For more information on Health Canada's tobacco control efforts, please visit: http://www.gosmokefree.gc.ca.
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