World No Tobacco Day 2017

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World No Tobacco Day 2017

Tobacco Threatens Us All

 

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 is World No Tobacco Day. Established in 1988 by the World Health Organization, this yearly event informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, and what is being done to help fight the tobacco epidemic. This year’s theme is “Tobacco – A Threat to Development.” The message is obvious – tobacco threatens us all.

 

The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) wants to make it very clear that tobacco is still the number one cause of preventable death in our Province. 17% of deaths in Newfoundland and Labrador are related to tobacco use which translates to 14-16 people every week – two people dying from tobacco use every day.

ACT commends the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for addressing smoking and tobacco in its 2016 “The Way Forward” document and acknowledges that over the past number of years, the provincial Government has supported public health policies and created smoke free legislation that has greatly increased the number of smoke free places. While this is a huge step in the battle against tobacco, Scott Antle, Chair of the ACT Board of Directors thinks that much more work needs to be done. New public policies and legislation will be needed if we are to be successful in decreasing the number of people who use tobacco and die prematurely as a result of their addiction. Approximately twenty percent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians continue to smoke. The reality is that tobacco is highly addictive and the tobacco industry continues to invest millions of dollars to recruit new smokers to replace those who have quit or died as a result of this addiction.

“We must do more to help create and invest in environments that support former smokers and those who are trying to quit, that protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke and that ensure our youth never enter into this devastating and costly relationship,” says Kevin Coady, ACT Executive Director, “Tobacco is a relationship that never has a happy ending. People need to make the decision to quit smoking before it is made for them.”

 

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Media Contact:

Kevin Coady

Executive Director ACT

Tel: (709) 753-0079
Cell: (709) 689-6005
Email: kevincoady@actnf.com

 

Visit www.actnl.com for more information.