To mark World No Tobacco Day, Canadian health minister Patty Hajdu announced recently that he would provide nearly $4.8 million (22.1 million yuan) to Canadian organizations to develop plans and services to help stop Canadians from using tobacco and reduce smoking among young people, foreign reports said.
Tobacco is the main preventable cause of early death and disease in Canada. Despite years of progress in reducing Canadian smoking, it remains a major public health issue. The trend of smoking among young people is also increasingly disturbing, which poses a threat to the health of young people in Canada and may lead to nicotine addiction.
The Canadian government is aware of the significant health risks associated with smoking and adolescent smoking, which is why the Canadian tobacco strategy continues to be implemented. Currently, Canada has invested nearly $330 million (RMB 1.73 billion) in this strategy, which aims to reduce tobacco use to less than 5% by 2035 to help Canadians quit smoking and continue to protect young people and non-smokers from nicotine addiction.
Hajdu said quitting smoking was not easy, and the Ministry of health will continue to work with organizations across the country to reduce smoking among young people and make all Canadians safe and healthy.
Hajdu added: “smoking remains the leading cause of death in Canada, and what’s more troubling is the increase in e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction among young Canadians. World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity to remind everyone of the serious health risks posed by smoking and the measures we are taking to help those who want to stop using tobacco. We have taken a step, but we must continue to work to prevent tobacco related injuries and reduce the atomization of young Canadians. “
Funded organizations and other health professionals have voiced their praise and support for the smoking cessation campaign, and briefly indicated the actions to be taken in the future to reduce the smoking rate in Canada.
Cynthia Callard, executive director and smokeless physician of Canada: “to make progress in addressing public health challenges such as tobacco use, we need the joint efforts of governments at all levels, health charities, researchers and clinicians. Health Canada’s suap program supports the “address knowledge gaps important to tobacco regulations” program, allowing Canadian smokeless doctors and Ontario tobacco research to help regulators address new challenges in tobacco control, such as e-cigarettes, retail and pricing. “
George Habib, President and CEO of the Lung Health Foundation: “smoking is the main cause of preventable deaths in Canada, and most young people who regularly smoke continue to smoke as adults. However, many of them want to quit smoking, but there are few services available to help them. With the support of Health Canada, we are developing an interactive youth online smoking cessation platform, which is specially created for 14-19 year olds. It will solve how to quit smoking and how to smoke, and provide a variety of strategies for learning according to users’ own pace. Young people at school age smoke, and despite years of progress in tobacco control, the number is still too high. We know that we can reduce smoking with the right partners around us. “
Dr. Laurie zawertailo, senior scientist of the center for addiction and mental health: “different nicotine containing products have different risks of use. If these products are used, there are many ways to significantly reduce the risk of health-related hazards. Supported by the guidelines of the substance use and addiction program of the health department of Canada, CAMH and experts from all over Canada are currently developing low-risk nicotine use drugs, which will be launched soon! “
Dr. David Hammond, Health Research Institute of Canada / public health agency of Canada: “in Canada, the prevalence of e-cigarettes among young people continues to rise, and more and more young people report frequent use of e-cigarettes. Health Canada’s funding is helping us monitor the changing e-cigarette market and understand the level of dependence among young people using e-cigarettes in Canada. “
Les Hagen, executive director of the MSM of the Association for smoking and health action (ash Canada), “the Department of smoking and health action is pleased to receive funding from the Department of health of Canada to help prevent the re normalization of smoking among young people in the western provinces. The legalization of cannabis and the explosive growth of youth smoking have the potential to affect youth social norms. In partnership with partners and provincial tobacco control alliances, we are taking action to protect young people from smoking and non-smoking in all kinds of public places, and the project will protect the great achievements in reducing young people’s tobacco use by supporting development. Make more regulations and policies for smoke-free public places. “
Sheriff Maddy, executive director of the Canadian student council: “this funding enables us to form a national youth leadership team, made up of influential peers from coastal areas who are engaging in meaningful dialogue with peers across the country to achieve the 5 x 35 goal.”