Halton Region is committed to the safety, health and well-being of all Halton residents, and an important part of this commitment is supporting resident efforts to live tobacco-free. Today marks the beginning of National Non-Smoking Week, so it is fitting that our Health Department is offering support to residents in their efforts to become tobacco-free.
National Non-Smoking Week is one the most important public health efforts to help Canadians improve their health and well-being. Established almost 40 years ago, the goal of National Non-Smoking Week is to help prevent people from smoking and support people who are ready to quit the habit.
Making the decision to quit smoking can be a tough one. To help support the choice of tobacco-free living, the Stop Smoking Clinic has four locations in Halton where health professionals will help you understand why you smoke, create a healthier lifestyle, set a date to quit and choose a personalized method of quitting (including providing Nicotine Replacement Therapy free of charge to eligible people). You can also call or use the online resources at the Smokers’ Helpline for free supports as you pursue your healthier, smoke-free life.
Not only does the Halton Region Health Department support people choosing to quit, we also work closely with physicians and other community and government partners, to achieve the best possible health and well-being for all by educating people on the safest ways to be tobacco-free.
Recognizing that prevention is the key, the Halton Region Health Department works closely with retailers and the community to decrease access to tobacco. Halton Region has enforcement staff who inspect stores to ensure tobacco isn’t being sold to minors and also supports the NOT TO KIDS! program. If you see a retailer selling tobacco to a minor, you can help us by dialing 311 to report it. Our enforcement efforts and programs such as NOT TO KIDS! help decrease youth access to tobacco by reminding retailers and the community that it’s illegal to sell or supply tobacco to anyone under 19. This in turn will help reduce youth smoking rates.
We can improve the overall health and well-being of our community by making safe and healthy choices such as quitting smoking. Working together, we can keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.