16 January 2011

Charlottetown -

Canada marks National Non-Smokers Week from January 16 – 22, 2011, with Weedless Wednesday on January 19th. This is a time to encourage smokers to reduce tobacco use or quit altogether.  The theme this year is “There are hundreds of reasons to quit, what’s yours?”

It’s an important question for people who smoke to ask themselves.  Everyone has reasons for wanting to stop smoking with health concerns usually at that top of the list.   “It is well documented, tobacco use kills. Cigarette smokers die younger than non-smokers,” says Marla Delaney, Prevention and Public Issues Manager at the Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division.  “Smoking causes many types of cancer, but it’s also a major cause of heart disease, bronchitis, emphysema, and strokes and it makes pneumonia and asthma worse.”

Another strong motivator is concern about the affect your smoking has on others. Second-hand smoke causes serious damage to human and animal health. Non-smokers die of lung cancer and heart disease as a result of breathing secondhand smoke. It can also affect non-smokers by causing asthma and other respiratory problems.  This is especially true with children.

 “Whatever your reason for wanting to quit, there is help available,” says Delaney. “The Canadian Cancer Society provides a free service called Smokers Helpline that works with individuals on a Quit Plan.   As most smokers discover, deciding to quit doesn’t guarantee success.  Learning new behaviors is usually required.  Smokers Helpline provides information and guidance to make that happen.”

Charlottetown Family Physician Dr. Ed White sees the importance of this in his daily practice.    Dr. White says “Quitting smoking is a huge change in a person’s life and they need lots of support.  Smokers who use things like nicotine replacement products are more successful when they do this in combination with counseling such as Smokers Helpline.”

Connecting to Smokers Helpline is easy.  Call 1-877-513-5333 or register on-line at  

The service works with people to come up with a plan that will help them successfully quit smoking, once and for all.  Anyone can go on-line to see practical tips to cope with cravings and to read inspirational messages from others dealing with the same struggles.

During National Non-Smoking Week the Canadian Cancer Society encourages Islanders to take time to celebrate the efforts of those who have successfully quit and show support to others attempting to do so.   

For more information connect to  or  or call 1-877-513-5333.

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 or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Lori Barker

Executive Director

Phone: 902-566-4007