Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in Canada. Tobacco use not only impacts the individual smoker but also affects the people around them as exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful to our 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 Children, Seniors and Social Development works in collaboration with other government departments, regional health authorities, school districts and 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 88% 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.
Quitting smoking is the one of the best thing a person can do for their health and it's never too late to quit.
The Provincial Government is committed to supporting actions that reduce tobacco use and promote healthy living in our communities. As of October 1, 2014, government implemented a new Smoking Cessation Program that provides people with low income with access to two quit smoking drugs, Champix® and Zyban®.
Smokers' Helpline: "You Can Quit. It's YOUR call". 1-800-363-LUNG (5864).
Through the programs and services of the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association Smokers' Helpline, thousands of individuals from across the province have been supported in their efforts to quit smoking.
The Helpline provides a free, confidential and convenient telephone service with trained counsellors supporting individuals in developing a quit plan to stop 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 services are easily accessible (located in St. John's) by calling 1-800-363-5864 or visiting: www.smokershelp.net .
Helping Women Quit, A Guide for Non-Cessation Workers (986 KB): 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. Guide Cover (690 KB).
All four Regional Health Authorities in our province have 100% smoke-free policies which includes all outdoor properties.
All 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.