Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Editorial: No butts about it
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 24 Jan 2007, p. 6

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A report released last week from the American Cancer Society offered some encouraging news on the war-on-cancer front. In comparing the number of cancer-related deaths between 2004 and 2003, officials found a drop of more than 3,000 deaths in 2004 from the previous year. That marked the second year in a row since 1930 that a decline in cancer-related deaths occurred. U.S. experts are attributing the success to a reduction in smoking and early detection-- particularly colorectal cancer. Figures indicate the lung cancer death rate in men has been falling. Unfortunately firm figures for 2004 from the Canadian Cancer Society are not available but the Society suggests deaths here haven't diminished. That said, we're hoping it is only a matter of time before the pattern in Canada begins to mimic that of the U.S.-- and giving up smoking is the best way to start. With this being National Non-Smoking Week (Jan. 21-27) Halton Region is again encouraging smokers to take those initial steps towards becoming smokefree. The municipality offers Stop Smoking Clinics that provide free counseling at locations in Acton, Burlington, and Milton. For individuals who need help to quit smoking but don't have time to attend one of Halton's Stop Smoking Clinics, the Smokers' Helpline (1-877-513-5333) may be of assistance. Halton is partnering once again with the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, Canadian Cancer Society and Halton Council on Smoking or Health to promote the annual Driven to Quit challenge, which will be launched today (Wednesday) and is open to all Ontario residents who smoke. The winner in this year's contest will receive an Acura CSX provided by Johnson and Johnson. There will also be a regional prize of a 32-inch Sony LCD high-definition TV. Individuals can register online for the contest from now until February 28 at www.driventoquit.ca. Then, participants will have to go smoke-free for the month of March.

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Editorial: No butts about it