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National Non-Smoking Week: January 18–24, 2015

18 January 2015

Toronto -

Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and staff are fighting back against cancer during National Non-Smoking Week by working hard to help Canadians quit smoking and encourage others not to start.

National Non-Smoking Week

“Sooner or later, everybody quits.” That’s the theme for this year’s National Non-Smoking Week. Choose your date to quit before it’s chosen for you and join the more than 7 million Canadians who have made the break!

Even light smoking can cause lung damage because the effects add up over time. The single best thing you can do for your health is to quit smoking. And the improvements start almost right away. As soon as you stop smoking, your body begins to cleanse itself of tobacco poisons. Here’s how:

  • Oxygen levels in your blood increase and carbon monoxide levels drop within 8 hours.
  • Your senses of smell and taste begin to improve after 2 days.
  • You’ll find it easier to breathe within 2 weeks to 3 months because your lungs are working better.
  • Coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve within 6 months.
  • Your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is reduced by half after 1 year
Why not breathe easier this year? Quit smoking. We can help.

If you’re a smoker, take advantage of National Non-Smoking Week. Join thousands of others as they take their first steps to becoming non-smokers. It may be a difficult process but you don’t have to do it alone. The Society has resources to help you on your journey.

Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service for smokers. Call us if you want to quit, are thinking about quitting or have stopped smoking and need support.

You can call us even if you’re not ready to quit. We’re not here to judge – we’re here to help.

Trained quit coaches can help you develop a personalized quit plan, answer your questions about quitting and refer you to programs and services in your community.

When you’re ready to talk about quitting, we’re here to help. You can call the toll-free quitline number printed on every cigarette package – 1-866-366-3667. 

You can also get help to quit online. Smokers’ Helpline Online is an interactive, web-based service offering tips, tools and support to help with quitting smoking.

Our step-by-step self-help quit program, One Step at a Time, helps you analyze why you smoke and assists you in making a good plan to break from tobacco when you’re ready.

One Step at a Time is our series of booklets on smoking and quitting. They will help you understand why people smoke and guide you through the process – once you’re ready to quit. These free guides have been reviewed by independent experts and are based on the best available science about quitting smoking. 

For Smokers Who Want to Quit: One step at a time
Information, activities and tools to help guide you through the process of quitting and support you in reaching your goal of becoming smoke-free.

For Smokers Who Don’t Want to Quit: One step at a time
Information and activities to help you think about why you smoke and how it affects you and your family.

Help a Smoker Quit: One step at a time
Tools and strategies to support the smoker along their quit journey.

How we are helping

Tobacco control is one of the Canadian Cancer Society's top priorities. Our efforts include:

  • advocating for the implementation of strong, effective, tobacco control legislation and policies at all levels of government
  • educating people about the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke
  • helping to clear the air by supporting municipal bylaws that ban smoking in specified outdoor areas
  • helping smokers quit
  • funding research to help control tobacco use 

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Harminc

Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 416 934-5340