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article imageCanadian PM Stephen Harper launches country's non-smoking week

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 15, 2012 in Health
Canada's yearly national non-smoking week got underway on Sunday, Jan. 15 with a plea from the country's Prime Minister for Canadians who smoke to give it up - and not just for themselves.
"Every year smoking adversely impacts the health of millions of Canadians, including those affected by second-hand smoke, heightening their risk of cancer, heart disease, emphysema and a number of other conditions," Harper said in a written statement. "It also costs our healthcare system - and therefore taxpayers - a substantial amount of money."
Canadian 2012 National Non-Smoking Week
The NNSW goes from Jan. 15-21 and has been a fixture on the Canadian health scene for more than 30 years. Despite the country having a relatively low smoking rate, each year some 37,000 Canadians die from smoking related illnesses. Worldwide that number is 5 million and expected to grow to 8 million by 2030.
Harper urged Canadians to "to quit the habit both for themselves and for their loved ones."
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