AHS highlights programs and resources to help stop smoking

Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest decisions a person can make in their lifetime. National Non-Smoking Week runs until January 23 and Dr. Allison Gonsalves, the medical officer of health for the South Zone with Alberta Health Services told us about the health risks associated with tobacco and smoking.

“Smoking and commercial tobacco use in general is associated with heart disease, lung cancer, which kills more than 4,000 Albertans every year. Oral cancers can lead to peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, COPD so it’s really important to take charge of your health and quitting commercial tobacco is one of the most important ways to do that. It’s the leading cause of premature disability, premature death and disease. So I really encourage all Albertans if you currently use commercial tobacco or, you know someone who does, to really consider the resources that AHS has at your disposal.”

Those resources include:

According to the 2021 Canadian Community Health Survey, tobacco use has been steadily declining for the last 20 years across the country.

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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