National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is observed from Sunday, January 21, to Saturday, January 27 of next week. Since 1977, Canada has observed NNSW in January each year. The week’s goals are to help Canadians stop smoking and to raise awareness of the negative health impacts of smoking.
Quick facts about tobacco use in Canada
• The number of smokers in Canada remains at 3.8 million, signifying a current 12% smoking prevalence (Canadian Community Health Survey, 2022, age 12+). 50% of Canadians smoked in 1965, including 61% of males.
- Tobacco smoking continues to be the country’s greatest preventable cause of disease and mortality, accounting for 46,000 deaths annually, including roughly 30% of cancer-related deaths.
- The annual anticipated cost of tobacco use-related health care costs is $5.4 billion.
- High rates of vaping among young people are really concerning. Twenty-four percent of Canadian high school pupils in grades 10–12 vaped in the 2021–22 academic year, up from nine percent in the 2014–15 academic year, seven years earlier.
- A significant amount of effort is required to reach the goal of less than 5% tobacco consumption by 2035.
The Canadian Cancer Society has representatives on hand to talk about broad tobacco control problems, such as necessary legislative changes and advice on how to help people stop smoking.
The Canadian Cancer Society puts up a lot of effort to prolong and enhance life. The best minds in cancer research are supported by the society. It offers a caring network of support to anybody impacted by cancer, regardless of their illness type, anywhere in Canada. Serving as the voice of those affected by cancer, we collaborate with policymakers to create a more health-conscious society. It goes above and beyond what any other organization does to improve lives now and permanently change the course of disease.
They appeal for Assisting them in changing things. Interested people can visit cancer.ca or give 1-888-939-3333 a call anytime.