World No Tobacco Day - May 31, 2006
This year it is within days of the death of
Every ten seconds, somewhere in the world, tobacco kills another victim. This global problem is increasingly ravaging poorer countries that can least afford its toll of disability, disease and lost productivity from good agricultural land while tobacco industry profits increase. Although tobacco sales are declining in
The Lung Association of Saskatchewan supports the motion introduced this month by Senator Mac Harb urging the Government of Canada to make all enclosed work areas and public places within its jurisdiction smoke-free and urging all provincial governments to enact comprehensive smoke-free legislation.
The Lung Association also appreciates the federal government's announcement this month to remove misleading descriptors such as "light" and "mild" from tobacco packaging. There is nothing light and mild about the health problems caused by this product. Most cases of COPD result from tobacco smoke and this includes many who, like Heather Crowe, were exposed to the smoke from others.
Despite the increased publicity, 600,000 Canadian children under 12 years old are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in their homes. No one should have to breathe toxic smoke - not at work, not at play, not in their homes and not in their cars.
It is time to clear the air.
343-9640, ext. 226 - (