According to experts, smoking kills over 480,000 people every year. Few people would disagree that smoking is hazardous to their health, yet millions continue to take part in this unhealthy habit.
The most recent data from Statistics Canada shows a decline in Canadian adult smokers, but an estimated 4.9 million still smoke cigarettes. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.1 billion adults worldwide smoke cigarettes.
The tobacco epidemic is so pervasive that the WHO supports World No Tobacco Day, held annually on May 31. In honour of World No Tobacco Day this year, take some time to learn about the benefits of smoking cessation and how you or a loved one can get started on the journey of quitting smoking.
Smoking can cause immediate bodily damage and result in long-term health problems. Many Canadians are living with a smoking-related disease like cancer, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With all the health risks associated with smoking, it’s important to extinguish your smoking habit for good.
Here are some suggestions to get you started on your journey to being smoke-free:
It’s never too late to start your smoking cessation journey. Talk to your doctor today to create a cessation strategy that’s right for you.
At first glance, artificial sweeteners seem like harmless and attractive alternatives to standard sugar. Sugar substitutes provide a sweet taste without the calories or carbohydrates that accompany sugar and other sweeteners. Sugar substitutes that Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations approves for use as food additives in prepackaged foods include acesulfame-potassium (Sunnett®), aspartame (Equal®), neotame and sucralose (Splenda®). Additionally, saccharin is currently allowed only as a tabletop sweetener.
Despite this approval, some health experts discourage the use of sugar substitutes. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure that you’re safely consuming them:
If you feel lonely, you’re not alone. In fact, about 25 per cent of Canadians reported that they felt a general sense of loneliness, emptiness and disconnection from their co-workers.
Signs that you may be struggling with loneliness include feeling disconnected from your peers, heavily scrutinizing others, being sensitive to others’ responses toward you and having difficulty trusting people.
The hardest step to take when overcoming loneliness can often be the first one—reaching out to your co-workers. But the rewards can be invaluable. The odds are that you are not the only person in your department, or your company, suffering from loneliness. By greeting your colleagues in the morning or forming a club, you can help yourself stop feeling lonely while also helping others.
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