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Local organizations partner to promote World No Tobacco Day

30 May 2013

Newfoundland and Labrador -

Every year on May 31st, the World Health Organization and partners everywhere mark “World No Tobacco Day”, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.  Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in ten adults worldwide. The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protect present and future generations from this devastating health consequence. 

The Canadian Cancer Society, the NL Lung Association and the Alliance for the Control of Tobacco have joined forces to promote this important tobacco free initiative.  Mary Lynn Pender from the NL Lung Association says that Association’s Smokers Help Line highlights the many free supports that are available to help smokers overcome this deadly addiction.  Pender says “we continue to receive many calls from individuals who see the number on the cigarette package and they are pleasantly surprised when they realize that they have reached a service that is located in this province.  The NL Lung Association also offers free self help information packages, group programs and web-based supports. 

The Alliance for the Control of Tobacco ( ACT ) is pleased that more steps are being taken to help reduce tobacco use such as; smoke free outdoor recreation and sport areas, landlords implementing smoke free policies for their tenants and K-12 schools and the College of the North Atlantic making their grounds smoke free.  Kevin Coady, Executive Director of ACT says that while this is good news, much more needs to be done.  Coady says “currently just under 20% of our population are smokers and this is of great concern.  In an effort to address this, ACT has recently released a new 5 year strategy with a plan to focus on priority populations where smoking seems to be more prevalent”.

The Canadian Cancer Society says that lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer across Canada.  Matt Murphy, Education Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, NL Division says that 430 individuals will be diagnosed with lung cancer in this province this year and 390 will die from the disease.  Murphy says “smoking has also been linked to various other cancers including oral, bladder and colorectal”.  Murphy further stated that the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society is to eradicate cancer.  “The Society offers a variety of education programs and print materials that focus on prevention as well as the advocacy work that we do”.

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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:

Al Pelley

Vice President of Philanthropy

Canadian Cancer Society-NL Division

Phone: (709) 753-6522