May 27, 2013 – May 31 is
World No Tobacco Day, a day designated by the World Health Organization
to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and to advocate for strategies to reduce tobacco use.
The theme for World No
Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Evidence shows that banning tobacco advertisements can lead to reductions in
the number of people starting and continuing to smoke.
Tobacco use is the most
preventable cause of death around the world, killing 1 in 10 adults. 4.8
million Canadians smoke and tobacco use remains Ontario’s number one drug problem.
Dr. Peter Selby, the Clinical Director of the Addictions Program and Head of
the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at CAMH, is available to discuss the risks of tobacco, the effect of advertising, ways
to quit and treatment options.
For tips on how to quit
smoking, click here.
For more information about
CAMH’s Nicotine Dependence clinic, click here.
Watch this video
on what works and what doesn’t work when quitting smoking.
CAMH’s Nicotine Dependence
Service is taking part in a Twitter chat on May 31, inviting people to share
their smoking success stories using the hashtag #QuitChat.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and
addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research
centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy
development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected
by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
Media contact: Michael Torres, CAMH Media Relations (416) 595
6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org