albertaquits.ca launched to help tobacco users quit
Calgary... Albertans who want to quit smoking can now log on to a new website for help.
The website, albertaquits.ca, is a free web-based cessation program developed by AADAC in partnership The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT and the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. The program is designed to assist people who want to quit smoking and to find the support they need to stay off tobacco.
“We believe this website will be another useful option for Albertans who want to give up tobacco,” said Dave Rodney, Calgary-Lougheed MLA and chair of AADAC. “I thank The Lung Association and the Canadian Cancer Society for their help in developing this innovative program that aims to further reduce the smoking rate in Alberta.”
Research shows that people who get help are twice as successful at quitting as those who try to quit on their own. The online service provides expert advice and support on issues facing people who attempt to quit smoking including withdrawal symptoms, quitting methods, managing stress and dealing with relapses.
“albertaquits.ca is a unique and effective tool that capitalizes on society’s growing familiarity and ease with Internet-based technology,” said Dan Pigeon, Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. “We are confident this new, free program will reach many Albertans and will have an impact on smoking cessation.”
The program was originally developed in 1995 through the Boston University of Public Health and has a proven track record of success for thousands of people. AADAC’s budget for the program is $250,000.
“We are proud to be able to support this 24-hour service to Albertans. Informing Albertans of the resources available to prevent, reduce or eliminate tobacco use is one of our most important commitments,” said Wanda Wetterberg, president/CEO of The Lung Association, Alberta/NWT.
Albertans can access the interactive tobacco cessation website free of charge at www.albertaquits.ca.
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