Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema in Canada. More than 800 people in NL die each year from the effects of smoking. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also dangerous to health.
Through a comprehensive approach that includes public education, policy and legislation, cessation programs, taxation and community and school programs, the provincial government aims to:
The Department of Health and Community Services works in collaboration with other government departments, regional health authorities, school districts and other community partners to implement programs and policies aimed at preventing and reducing tobacco use.
Currently, 80% of people in our province (15 and older) and 85% per cent of youth (aged 15-19) are choosing to live smoke-free. Our efforts must continue in order to achieve our long-term goal of creating a smoke-free province.
All four Regional Health Authorities in our province have 100% smoke-free policies which includes all outdoor properties.
All five school districts prohibit smoking on all school properties and tobacco prevention resources have been developed to link to the curriculum.
Please support tobacco free schools by:
Approximately 87 municipalities (representing 71% of the province’s population) have implemented 100% smoke-free outdoor sport and recreation area and events policy. These polices prohibit smoking on all outdoor sport facilities including playgrounds, soccer and softball fields.
Several provincial sport organizations have adopted a 100% smoke-free policy including soccer, softball and baseball.
The Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) is a coalition of organizations committed to the prevention and reduction of tobacco use. ACT’s partners represent a broad range of groups including professional associations, provincial and municipal governments, public health, education, recreation and sport, and non-profit organizations.
Smokers’ Helpline: “You Can Quit. It’s YOUR call”. 1-800-363-LUNG (5864).
The Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association’s Smokers’ Helpline provides a free, confidential and convenient telephone service where trained counsellors support individuals in developing a personalized plan to quit smoking. Other services include web-based counselling (www.smokershelp.net), group counselling, workplace programs, health professional fax referral program, self-help materials and information on how to help friends and family to quit. The SHL is funded by both the Department of Health and Community Services and Health Canada.
Cover for Guide and Helping Women Quit, A Guide for Non-Cessation Workers: A resource for individuals who work with women, but do not have a background in tobacco cessation. It provides background information on tobacco cessation and gives step-by-step instructions to helping women quit smoking. It outlines what questions to ask to identify a cessation approach for each woman and points you to resources to address her needs.