Smoking is the leading risk for disability and premature death in Canada, causing 45,000 deaths annually. In Saskatchewan, smokers make up approximately 11% of our population which is above the national average of 10.3%. The average daily cigarette consumption is twelve cigarettes per day.(1)
Smoking is an addiction of the body, mind, and lifestyle.(2)
Smokers don’t have the physical energy or stamina needed to lead the active lives that they desire or deserve.(2)
Smokers are at higher risk for lower quality of life, increased depression and anxiety, premature death, lung disease, cancer, heart disease, sexual impotence, infertility, cataracts, and premature aging. In addition, second hand smoke contributes to unhealthy families by increasing incidence of asthma, heart disease and respiratory infections in non-smoking family members.
Our Pharmacists Can Help!
Lake Country Co-op pharmacists have completed advanced training to provide expert support, advice and encouragement to patients attempting to quit using tobacco products. In addition to support and counseling, the pharmacist can recommend nicotine replacement therapy and prescribe other smoking cessation treatments. Lake Country Co-op Pharmacist Jesse Kapacila states “Our goal is to provide a convenient, accessible, and effective service to help people achieve success with their goal of quitting. We individualize the support we provide to each client to ensure positive results.”
For more information or to book an appointment, talk to your Lake Country Co-op pharmacist today!
1 Saskatchewan | Tobacco Use in Canada (uwaterloo.ca)
2 Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco Brochure: What Happens When You Smoke?