National Non-Smoking Week Begins January 21
National Non-Smoking Week has been an annual event in Canada since it was established in 1977 by Canadian Council for Tobacco Control. It was established by several organizations, such as the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and stroke Foundation, to educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking; to prevent people from beginning to smoke; to help people quit smoking and to help make Canada a smoke-free society.
Weedless Wednesday is the highlight of National Non-Smoking Week.
The purpose of Weedless Wednesday is to promote a ‘one day at a time’ approach to quitting smoking. That is for one simple reason: a smoker lives 10 years less than a non-smoker.
And January is the best month for achieving such ambitious goals. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, smokers are actually more likely to quit in January than any other month.
The purpose of the day is to encourage individuals to quit smoking tobacco and recreational cannabis for 24 hours and to highlight the benefits of a smoke-free life. It is also a way to show support for those who were trying to quit and to remind them that they were not alone in their journey.Weedless Wednesday has grown since 1977 to become a national event, with various organizations and communities across Canada participating in different ways. From hosting information sessions and workshops to organizing fun activities and challenges, there are numerous ways in which people can get involved and show their support for the cause.
The focus of this day is not only on quitting smoking but also on promoting a healthier lifestyle and preventing youth from taking up this harmful habit.
According to the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control Smoking reduces good cholesterol in the body, thereby increasing the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Smoking also causes a spike in blood pressure and increases the risk of stroke.
Health professionals assert that quitting smoking for as short as an hour offers great health benefits. Ceasing the consumption of tobacco and cannabis products results in a decline in carbon monoxide and an increase in oxygen levels within the first 12 hours. Smokers who also quit for a full day may also reduce the risk of having a heart attack within that time.
By coming together on this day, we can create a supportive and encouraging environment for those who are trying to quit, and also inspire others to take the first step towards a healthier and smoke-free life.
As the month of February approaches, people all around the world are preparing for what has become a tradition for many, especially those still feeling hungover from a holiday of overindulgence - Dry Feb.
Dry Feb is a Canadian Cancer Society fundraising campaign that encourages individuals to give up alcohol for the month of February.It began in 2013 as a fundraising event in Australia, with the aim of raising money for cancer research. The idea was simple - individuals would give up alcohol for the month of February and raise funds for the cause. What started as a small initiative has turned into a global movement, with participants from more than 20 countries now taking part in the challenge.
Since 2016, Dry Feb in Canada has inspired hundreds of thousands of people across the country to go dry and take the challenge, raising over $13M dollars to support people affected by cancer.
But the significance of Dry Feb goes beyond the money that’s raised. It has an important message. By giving up alcohol for a month, participants not only improve their health but also raise awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.
Last year the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction released a report that concluded that no amount of alcohol is safe and consuming any more than two drinks a week is risky.
Going dry in February has other health benefits as well. According to Dryfeb.ca taking a break from alcohol increases our general sense of well being, improves our sleep quality, clears our heads, boosts our energy and gives us a sense of achievement.
It also encourages people to try new activities and hobbies that do not involve alcohol, promoting a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.On an island where alcohol consumption is more than normalized, Dry Feb serves as a powerful reminder that we can take a step back to reflect on our habits. It challenges us to break free from societal norms and make a positive impact in our lives.So, as we roll into February, instead of lamenting the loss of a month’s worth of alcohol we can all come together to promote a healthier and more mindful lifestyle while raising funds for cancer research. After all, a small sacrifice for a month can lead to a lifetime of positive change.
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