Middlesex London Health Unit, Linda Stobo cessation coordinator in London, Ont. Friday, January 18, 2019. Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press / Postmedia Network
Moving, cigarette smokers, there is a new relationship between you.
The public health campaign for the National Non-Smoking Week is fired on Sunday, but this year the local health authorities have a new approach: smokers, as recreational canopy was legalized in Canada three years ago months.
"At the end of the day, smoke is smoke," said Linda Stobo, the chronic disease and the tobacco control manager of the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
Inhaling any type of smoke, either from tobacco and cigarettes, joints of marijuana and hookahs or bonfires, has implications for pulmonary health, said Stobo.
Although the week of national conscience has existed for decades and smoking tobacco rates in Ontario are declining, the new legal reality means that public health officials should also take into account the consumption of tobacco by cannabis, he said .
The anti-smoking campaign for a week is also an opportunity to educate people about the laws on smoking cannabis and possible adverse health effects of marijuana, especially for the development of the brain in the youth and the babies of nursing mothers.
The Health Unit in the London area has launched YouNeedToKnow.ca with information for smokers.
"If you choose to use cannabis, there are ways you can reduce and reduce the risk," said Stobo.
There is a public health silver coating for the legalization of recreational marijuana, he added. "It increases our capacity and the capacity of the health community to carry out real investigations to inform our understanding of the possible health risks derived from the consumption of cannabis, as well as the possible benefits to the health derived from therapeutic use ".
The healthcare unit executes smoking programs that are trying to quit smoking but do not have access to support from a family doctor or a work benefit plan.
For more information on smoking cessation supports in London and the area, call the Quit Clinic at 519-663-5317, ext. 4357, or visit www.healthunit.com/quitting.