In Alberta less than 20 per cent of people use tobacco daily.
“That’s compared with over 50 per cent in the 1960s,” says Dr. Jason Cabaj, medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services.
There is no better time to consider quitting then on World No Tobacco Day, which is on May 31.
“What advice do you have for people quitting and what are some tips?” asks Jock.
Cabaj says combining various methods, such as medication and counselling, is the most effective way to quit.
“Some people are able to do it cold turkey, but the data shows that people who try to do it that way have about a 95 per cent relapse rate,” says Cabaj.
The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is plain packaging. The goal of this initiative is to make smoking look less appealing, to mainly youths.