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National Nonsmoking Week 2016

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National Non-Smoking Week - 2016 Materials



 National Non-Smoking Week is an annual event across Canada that has been observed for more than 30 years.   It aims to provide another opportunity to raise awareness about the health effects of tobacco, in all its forms, and to provide education on the resources and support services available for those who are looking to reduce or quit tobacco use. 

These documents were created to support National Nonsmoking Week - hard copies of the posters are avaialble through your school health facilitator 


47x Smoke.pdf 

Alberta Quits.pdf

Carbon Monoxide.pdf

Don't Pass it On Hookah.pdf

H20 Not a Filter.pdf

Harmful as Cigarettes.pdf

Hookah Myths.pdf

Question Mark Shisa.pdf



National Non-Smoking Week 2016


“Majority do” theme:



  • The mjority of Albertans do choose to be tobacco-free. This includes not using tobacco or tobacco-like products, like hookah or e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, for the minority who don’t, there are some very real health risks and consequences


  • There are many misconceptions that tobacco-like products are somehow safer than tobacco products like cigarettes or snuff.  We hope to dispel those myths and raise awareness on the dangers associated with tobacco-like products. 



 A letter from our Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ifeoma Achebe

2016 National Non-Smoking Week School Principal Letter.pdf 



E-cigarettes: (AKA vaping pens, e-hookah, e-cigars, e-fags, tanks, mods)


  •  According to the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey for 2013 (the most recent available) 23.9% of males aged 15-19 and 15.5 % of females have tried e-cigarettes
  • There are no standards or labelling requirements for e-cigarettes. This makes it hard to know exactly what is in the liquid. Because chemicals in the cartridges can vary, it’s hard to know what e-cigarette users and people nearby are breathing in. 
  • Most
    • Diacetyl, 2,3 -pentanedione and acetoin have a buttery taste and are used to flavour foods. They have been deemed safe to eat (NOT INHALE) in trace amounts. Hailed for their buttery taste and are added to everything from chips and candy to cream cheese and ice cream.
    • Exposure to diacetyl can cause bronchiolitis obliterans or popcorn lung a potentially fatal disease that can attack and quickly cause irreversible damage to the respiratory system [ii]
    • Tests of the Canadian products labelled as “nicotine-free” have found that 50% have nicotine in them. Nicotine is an extremely addictive substance.[i]
      • Youth may become addicted to nicotine without their knowledge or consent [iii] [iv] [v]
      • Evidence has shown that these products may be a gateway to tobacco use [vi]
    • Evidence has shown that high school students may be using these products to vape cannabis[vii]
    • At this time, Health Canada has not fully evaluated e-cigarettes for safety, quality and efficacy, and advises Canadians against purchase or use of electronic smoking products
    • We don’t have enough evidence about the potential benefits of using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation or about the potential health risks. More research is needed on both counts
    •  The World Health Organization recommends that e-cigarettes be regulated like tobacco
      • We encourage your school/ school division to add these products  to your school tobacco/ smoking policy


Second-hand e-cigarette exposure:

  • There is also potential concern related to the vapour from e-cigarettes
  • While more research is needed into the safety of e-cigarettes, some research has already found toxins contained in the vapour produced by some e-cigarettes 


    1. Joseph G. Allen, Skye S. Flanigan, Mallory LeBlanc, Jose Vallarino, Piers MacNaughton, James H. Stewart, and David C. Christiani. Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-,and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes. Environ Health Perspect DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1510185, Advance Publication
    2. http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6733085&Language=E&Mode=1
    3. Thomas A. Wills, PhD, Rebecca Knight, MPH, Rebecca J. Williams, DrPH, Ian Pagano, PhD, and James D. Sargent, MD. Risk Factors for Exclusive E-Cigarette Use and Dual E-Cigarette Use and Tobacco Use in Adolescents. Pediatrics October 23, 2014
    4.  Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH. Electronic Cigarettes Are Another Route to Nicotine Addiction for Youth. American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Illinois JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(11):993-994. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1929.
    5. [Chapman, S. The future of electronic cigarette growth depends on youth uptake. MJA 202 (9) · 18 May 2015
    6. Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH. Electronic Cigarettes Are Another Route to Nicotine Addiction for Youth. American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Illinois JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(11):993-994. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1929.
    7.  Meghan E. Morean, Grace Kong, Deepa R. Camenga, Dana A. Cavallo, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin. High School Students’ Use of Electronic Cigarettes to Vaporize Cannabis. Pediatrics September 2015



Hookah and Water-pipe use:

  • Research tells us that hookah is not a safe alternative to smoking. 
  • Smoke from hookah has been linked to diseases that are usually seen when you smoke cigarettes, such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and complications in pregnancy
  • Burning hookah, including hookah that is tobacco-free, still creates cancer-causing chemicals.
  •  Both the first-hand and second-hand smoke produced by herbal shisha contained these known cancer-causing agents at levels equal to or greater than that of tobacco products.
  • Just because products are labelled herbal doesn’t mean they’re safe. Inhaling any smoke into your lungs can be harmful
  • Researchers from the University of Alberta found that a hookah user may inhale as much smoke in a 45-minute session as someone who smoked 50 cigarettes
  • Using a hookah can be addictive and lead to smoking tobacco or encouraging people who formerly smoked to light up again. 
  • Diseases like herpes and other communicable diseases can also be spread because people are sharing the same mouthpiece 


     Second-hand hookah exposure:

  • Burning hookah, including hookah that is tobacco-free, still creates cancer-causing chemicals
    • First-hand and second-hand smoke produced by herbal shisha contained these known cancer-causing agents at levels equal to or greater than that of tobacco products 




My Health Alberta


Tobacco Reduction Resources by Grade 

These packages provide reliable age appropriate reference and links to recognized, evidence-based resources for tobacco related information. They are intended for use by health professionals, teachers, students, youth workers, community leaders and parents.


If you have questions regarding these resources, or are looking for something that isn't listed, please contact Gail Foreman , the Central Zone Tobacco Reduction specialist, or your school health facilitator


 AHS main website


  • News & Events – provides access to events coming up, as well as a listing of the latest news releases. Each news release is posted to the external site. 








Alberta Quits













Health Canada 


The goals of National Non Smoking Week are:

  • to educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking;
  • to prevent non-smokers from starting to smoke and becoming addicted to tobacco;
  • to help smokers quit;
  • to promote the right of individuals to breathe air unpolluted by tobacco smoke;
  • to denormalize tobacco products and tobacco-use; and
  • to assist in the attainment of a smoke-free society in Canada.












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