Huron County, ON –Whether it comes from tobacco, cannabis or another source, smoke is smoke and you need to limit your exposure to it.
That’s the Huron County Health Unit’s main message as it joins health organizations across the country during National Non-Smoking Week, which runs from Sunday, January 21 through Saturday, January 27.
“Many of the same harmful components that are found in tobacco smoke are also found in cannabis smoke and smoke from other sources such as hookah pipes,” says Senior Public Health Promoter Angela Willert.
Reducing exposure to second-hand smoke reduces the risk of many chronic and acute conditions including asthma, respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
National Non-Smoking Week is also the last week people can register for the wouldurather…contest. This contest encourages people who use tobacco, age 18-29, to quit or cut back for six weeks for a chance to win cash.
Those who don’t use tobacco products can also commit to stay smoke-free for a chance to win. Registration closes January 28 at 11:59 p.m. For more information about the contest and to register, visit: www.wouldurather.ca.
Established in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, National Non-Smoking Week is a coast-to-coast effort to inform and educate Canadians about the dangers of tobacco use, to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and to support those who currently use tobacco, to quit.
For more information on local quit smoking supports, second-hand-smoke exposure, and services available, please contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519-482-3416 or toll free at 1-877-837-6143.