News Release - May 31, 2011
CELEBRATING WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY
On World No Tobacco Day, the Government of Saskatchewan is reinforcing its commitment to reduce tobacco use in the province.
"World No Tobacco Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the current tobacco reduction efforts across Saskatchewan, celebrate the progress with our partners and set future direction," Health Minister Don McMorris said. "We remain committed to reducing tobacco use in this province and will continue to work with our partners to achieve this goal."
The Ministry of Health has been working in collaboration with stakeholders to advance the goals of Building a Healthier Saskatchewan-A strategy to reduce tobacco use including cessation, prevention and protection.
Significant effort has been made to support cessation. Cessation training has been provided to professionals from a variety of disciplines to assist people in their efforts to quit using tobacco. People looking for help to quit using tobacco can visit http://www.makeapact.ca/.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health listed two smoking cessation medications, ZybanTM and ChampixTM, on the Saskatchewan Formulary. The cost of these medications is determined by an individual's level of coverage under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan's programs.
To prevent children and youth from starting to use tobacco, a series of web-based tobacco related resources for use by school and community educators will be released later this year. These resources will focus on children in Grades K to 3 and Grades 6 to 9. To encourage healthy school environments, all tobacco use was banned on school grounds in 2010.
To further protect people against exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, legislation was introduced in 2010 banning smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16, around doorways, windows and air intakes of public buildings and in the common areas of multi-unit residential buildings. A ban on the sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products in pharmacies came into effect on April 1, 2011.
The Ministry of Health is working to ensure that healthy choices are the easiest choices for Saskatchewan people.
For more information on tobacco reduction in Saskatchewan, and supports and programs to help people quit smoking visit the Ministry of Health website at http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/smoking-and-your-health.
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