Non-Smoking Week Urges Smokers to Kick the Habit

By Brian Schultz

Going tobacco-free is the topic of discussion across the country as the Canadian Cancer Society promotes National Non-Smoking Week.

Nearly 85,000 Manitobans who will try to quit smoking this year, according to figures released by the society. Until January 21, the push is being made to encourage people to break their habits with tobacco and to live healthier lifestyles.

New this year, the Canadian Cancer Society is launching “Break It Off” — a new digital campaign funded by Health Canada to promote tobacco cessation among young adults, age 19-29, who have the highest smoking rate in the country.

Manitoba continues to have one of the highest smoking rates in Canada with about one in five Manitobans lighting up. Approximately 85% of lung cancer is caused by smoking and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Manitoba. This year, 680 Manitobans are expected to lose their life due to lung cancer.

Those looking to quit can call the confidential Smokers’ Helpline toll-free at 1-877-513-5333.


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