Fortunately, there is help for smokers
RE: Toxic chemicals from cigarettes remain toxic in second-hand smoke (May 19)
The Mayo Clinic article is accurate about the negative health effects of second hand smoke, and about the fact that the only way to eliminate the risks of exposure is to avoid smoking. However, smoking is a strong addiction and while the majority of people who smoke want to quit, it is notoriously hard to do. But there’s hope.
The Ontario government funds great programs that can help smokers significantly increase their chances of quitting successfully. Smokers’ Helpline — which is run from Hamilton — offers free, non-judgmental support.
Trained Quit Coaches can help smokers develop a personalized quit plan, share tips about what works, and connect people with other free services in their community. Quitters can call 1-877-513-5333 or the number on cigarette packages, seven days a week, or can visit SmokersHelpline.ca 24-7. Help is also available by text message: just text the word “iquit” to the telephone number 123456 to get proven support directly to your mobile phone. It can be hard to quit smoking, but there are free resources to help. Elizabeth Harvey, senior manager, Smokers’ Helpline, Canadian Cancer Society