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May 29, 2015
Toronto, ON (May 31, 2015) Every journey begins with a decisive first step. The Ontario Lung Association challenges Ontario smokers to start their journey on May 31, World No Tobacco Day, and quit smoking for the day.
“It won’t kill you to try,” urges Andrea Stevens Lavigne, vice president, provincial programs, Ontario Lung Association. “There’s no doubt, quitting can be a challenge. Try it for a day – and maybe that day can turn into two, or three, or even longer.”
Within eight hours of the last cigarette, the body’s carbon monoxide levels drop and oxygen levels returns to normal. Within 48 hours, the risk of heart attack falls and the senses of smell and taste start to recover.
To help tobacco users take their first step to becoming smoke-free, the Ontario Lung Association provides the helpful cessation workbook Journey 2 Quit. This interactive workbook helps smokers prepare for their quit attempt by showing them how to make a plan for coping with triggers and withdrawal symptoms, as well as how to set and stick to a quit date. The book, available in English and French, is free and can be ordered by calling the Ontario Lung Association Lung Health Information Line 1-888-364-LUNG (5864).
Smoking in Ontario
More than two million Ontarians smoke and more than half want to quit. Tobacco use is responsible for 13,000 preventable deaths each year. It’s the number one cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is a major contributor to many forms of cancer, including lung cancer. Almost 870,000 Ontarians are living with COPD, and 33,000 have lung cancer. The combined cost of these diseases to the provincial economy is estimated at more than $4 billion.
About the Ontario Lung Association
The Lung Association is a registered charity that assists, educates and empowers individuals living with or caring for others with lung disease. The Lung Association provides programs and services to patients and health-care providers, invests in lung research and campaigns for improved policies on lung health. Information about lung health issues is available through the Lung Health Information Line 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or at email@example.com.
Journey 2 Quit: A Workbook to Help You Quit Smoking is available for free and can be ordered through the Ontario Lung Association’s Lung Health Information Line 1-888-344-LUNG (5864). The toll-free telephone line is staffed by certified respiratory educators who can also offer extra support and advice to help anyone who is making a quit attempt. The Journey 2 Quit workbook can also be downloaded at www.on.lung.ca/journey
Tips to help kick those butts for good:
John Chenery, Ontario Lung Association | 416-864-9911 ext. 292 | firstname.lastname@example.org
 “Your Lungs, Your Life: Insights and Solutions to Lung Health in Ontario” Produced by the Ontario Lung Association, based on data from: Smetanin, P., Stiff, D., Briante, C, Ahmad, S., Ler, Al, Wong, L. Life and Economic Burden of Lung Disease in Ontario: 2011 to 2041. RiskAnalytica, on behalf of the Ontario Lung Association, 2011.