‘Choose Now’ to quit tobacco
If you were considering quitting tobacco, this is the week to do it.
With the theme of “Tobacco Free for Life...Choose Now!,” National Non-Smoking Week 2017 aims to help tobacco users break the cycle of an addiction that is Canada’s leading cause of preventable illness, disability, and premature death. Prince Edward Islanders have a higher daily smoking rate – at 17.2 per cent – than the national average of 13.3 percent.
“Quitting smoking is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson said. “I encourage all Islanders who are considering this life-changing decision to seek-out the various programs and services that the Prince Edward Island health-care system has in place to help.”
Provincial programs include the Smoker’s Helpline, the Quitcare Smoking Cessation Program, the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, and the Quit Smoking Drug Program. In addition, the Prince Edward Island Tobacco Reduction Alliance (PETRA) is a partner organization that offers programming for adults and students.
The Smoker’s Helpline toll-free number is 1-877-513-5333 and more information can also be found at Smoking Cessation Program. PETRA programming information can be found at PEI Tobacco Reduction.
For more information on Health PEI programs and services, please visit Health PEI.
The Department of Health and Wellness supports tobacco reduction and control efforts through programs and initiatives including:
- QuitCare Smoking Cessation Program offered by Health PEI’s Addictions Services
- Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, an in-patient smoking cessation program offered at QEH and PCH;
- Quit Smoking Drug Program including nicotine replacement therapies, gum or Zyban;
- Smokers’ Helpline – toll-free and online services (1-877-513-5333);
- Financial support and collaboration with partners of the Prince Edward Island Tobacco Reduction Alliance (PETRA) which offers:
- Nordic pole walking programs
- Revealing the Truth, a high school curriculum guide for Grade 10 teachers: Through the resource, the information, and activities provided, youth will enhance their knowledge and critical thinking regarding tobacco, understand how advertising influences decision-making, and understand how their choices impact wellness.
- Supporting Island Students to Quit Smoking – a resource for PEI educators regarding youth cessation
- Primary care provider support and education; and
- Enhancement and enforcement of the Tobacco Sales and Access Act and Smoke-Free Places Act.
Department of Health and Wellness