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Message from the Minister of Health - National Non-Smoking Week January 17-23, 2016
Canada has made great strides in tobacco control, demonstrated by our country’s all-time low smoking rate of 15 per cent. However, millions of Canadians continue to smoke, increasing their risk for developing cancer, heart disease, lung disease, stroke, or other complications. During National Non-Smoking Week, and throughout the year, the Government of Canada supports smokers in their efforts to quit smoking and live healthier lives.
As part of our platform, and my mandate, the Government of Canada will introduce new plain-packaging requirements for tobacco products. These requirements could include prohibiting brand colours, logos, and graphics on tobacco packages. Right now, Health Canada is monitoring the actions of regulators in other countries in this area and gathering information that will guide us with our next steps.
Through the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, the Government of Canada has invested millions of dollars to help Canadians quit smoking and to prevent Canadians from starting to smoke. Thanks to this Strategy, we have helped to reduce the demand for tobacco products in Canada, by making smoking less affordable, less accessible and less appealing to all Canadians.
The Government of Canada also provides online information on quitting smoking. Here you can access quit smoking materials targeted to youth, young adults and adults. Also available is information on how to download the Break It Off quit smoking app.
For those looking for additional support with quitting smoking, contacting the pan-Canadian toll-free quitline is also an option. Trained specialists at the pan-Canadian toll-free quitline can help you develop a quit smoking plan, answer questions, and provide referrals to programs and services in your community. The pan-Canadian toll-free quitline can be reached by phone at 1-866-366-3667 or online at http://www.gosmokefree.gc.ca/quit
If you smoke, make this year’s Non-Smoking Week your first week of your smoke-free future!
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
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