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Can you stop smoking for one day?

Posted May 25th, 2011

NIAGARA, Ontario: By participating in World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the Niagara Health System is hoping to raise awareness of the harmful health effects of smoking and encourage people to take steps to quit.

Outdoor display tents (weather permitting) will be on the front lawn at both the Welland Site and St Catharines General Site May 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hospital staff and members of the public are invited to drop by to use your break to make the break from tobacco use. Displays will be in the lobbies in case of rain.

Participants will be able to test their levels by exhaling into a CO monitor to measure the level of carbon monoxide in their breath. There will be handout information on smoking, and Smoking Cessation Counsellors from the hospital will be on hand to provide advice and brief intervention counselling to smokers who want it. As well, Monica Bennett of Smokers’ Helpline, which has proven tips and tools to help smokers quit, will be at Welland in the morning and St. Catharines in the afternoon.

Thanks go to … Smokers’ Helpline, Niagara Region Public Health, Pfizer, Tim Hortons Owner/Operators Pat & Rodney Hay, Welland locations, and the Zoccoli family, Queenston St. location, St. Catharines.

The World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the epidemic of tobacco use and its lethal effects.

Niagara Health System