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National Non-Smoking Week: What Better Time to Quit Than Now?

By Michelle Brokop, PSP Ottawa Health Promotion –

Happy New Year! Is it time to make some positive changes this year? What better time to quit tobacco or support someone to quit during National Non-Smoking week from 20-26 January, 2019.

Did you know?

  • Tobacco use kills more than 45,000 Canadians every year.
  • There are over 4000 dangerous chemicals in cigarettes, cigars and smoke pipes.
  • One out of every two lifetime smokers die from smoking, mostly from cancer or heart disease.
  • Tobacco users have more dental problems: cavities, gum disease, etc.
  • Broken bones heal more slowly if you use tobacco.

 

The Facts… (Source: Health Canada: On the road to quitting)

  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure drops to a level similar to that before your last
  • 8 hours after quitting: The level of carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) in your blood drops to normal.
  • 24 hours after quitting: Your risk of having a heart attack starts to drop.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: The airways in your lungs relax and you can get more air into your lungs and breathe easier.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting: You cough less and your lungs are even stronger.
  • 1 year after quitting: Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half than that of a smoker.
  • 5 years after quitting: Your risk of having a stroke is the same as a non-smoker.
  • 10 years after quitting: Your chance of dying from lung cancer is much lower. So is your chance of getting cancer in your mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and/or pancreas.
  • 15 years after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of a non-smoker.

 

What better time to quit tobacco or support someone to quit during National Non-Smoking week? Tried before? If yes, why not try again? The more you try, the more likely you are to succeed. Ready to quit? If yes…

  • Register for BUTT OUT: the Canadian Armed Forces Tobacco Cessation Program. This self-managed program gives you specific guidance to help change behaviours associated with tobacco use and provides essential support for individuals who want to quit using tobacco. Contact CFSU(O) Health Promotion Office at 613-996-4315, or via email to book you one-hour appointment to get started.
  • BUTT OUT Blitz on 25 January, 2019 from 1000-1200 hrs at Montfort Hospital. This special event is your “one stop shop” – get everything you need to help you quit successfully: a BUTT OUT session which includes a presentation on medication by the pharmacy, and a MO onsite to discuss medication options and provide a prescription, if needed.
  • Check out the wouldurather contest that is open to Ontario residents who are between the ages of 18-29. They have 4 categories: Quit for Good, Keep the Count (cut back), Party without the Smoke, or Don’t Start Smoking. Register online by January 27, 2019 for a chance to win cash prizes!

Check out our Health Promotion website for upcoming workshops, challenges, campaigns, resources and more!

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