Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/May 31, 2018 - Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization and partners around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day. Since established in 1988, the day is intended to highlight the major health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is promoting this year's World No Tobacco Day to bring awareness to the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke.
Not only do Hastings and Prince Edward residents experience higher rates of hospitalization for CVD and stroke than the rest of the province, they also experience higher rates of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), respiratory disease, and lower respiratory disease, which can be linked to smoking1.
"People may not be aware that tobacco use is a major cause of heart disease deaths and stroke deaths in Canada and around the world," notes David Patterson, Health Promoter at HPEPH. "Around one out of five cardiovascular disease deaths are attributed to tobacco use." The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which close to 900, 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. If you smoke, the single best thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking.
The hashtag #NoTobacco is being used on social media to support World No Tobacco Day.
If you would like to celebrate World No Tobacco Day by making a quit attempt:
- call the HPEPH Tobacco Talk Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 600, or visit http://www.hpepublichealth.ca/calendar for a listing of weekly drop-in quit smoking clinics
- call the Smokers Helpline at 1-877-513-5333, or
- visit http://www.ontario.ca/page/how-quit-smoking.
1 Hastings Prince Edward Public Health 2017 Population Health Assessment, November 2017
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Rebecca Mathers-Phillips, Health Promoter
613-966-5500 ext. 337
About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) operates one of 34 health units across Ontario. HPEPH provides dozens of programs and services, along with reliable health information, to a population of approximately 150,000 people in a 7,000 square km catchment area encompassing 17 municipalities. HPEPH's mission is to enable the people in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to achieve and maintain optimal health through health protection and promotion, as well as disease and injury prevention. For more information, please visit www.hpepublichealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.