Government of Canada Supports Program that Promotes Smoke-free Lifestyle

Friday, January 26, 2018 General News
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Picking Up the PACE program addresses risk factors for chronic disease related to smoking

TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2018

/CNW/ - Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in Canada. One Canadian dies from a smoking-related illness every 12 minutes, and smoking-related illnesses claim the lives of more than
45,000 Canadians per year. That's why the Government of Canada is committed to reducing tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035.

Today, during National Non-Smoking Week, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Robert Oliphant, Member of Parliament, announced funding for Picking Up the PACE (Promoting and Accelerating Change through Empowerment) – a smoking cessation resource program for health practitioners provided through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The program provides online courses for health practitioners as well as tools they can use with patients to help address multiple risk factors for smoking, such as excess alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, stress and poor sleep. The program builds on CAMH's Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health Project, which trains health practitioners on how to promote healthy living habits that can help Canadians decrease tobacco use. PACE is also supported by the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, a unique Canadian health care partnership between CAMH, The Hospital for Sick Children, Trillium Health Partners and the University of Toronto.


"Our Government is pleased to provide funding towards the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's work to promote smoke-free lifestyles. Promoting healthy living habits goes hand-in-hand with decreasing the number of Canadians using tobacco and will help us achieve our goal of reducing tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035."

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health

"The Government of Canada is proud to support programs like Picking Up the PACE that help reduce tobacco use and addiction, and contribute to improved health for Canadians. Through this project, we are helping health practitioners who support Canadians in improving their overall health, well-being and quality of life."

Robert Oliphant Member of Parliament for Don Valley West

"Tobacco use alone is harmful enough but when combined with poor nutrition, physical inactivity, stress, poor sleep and or excessive drinking, the risk for chronic disease and dying early increase immensely. Our patients need expert treatment paying attention to root causes to improve these behaviours.  I am very grateful to PHAC and for the additional support from the Medical Psychiatry Alliance to enable us to develop better programs to help patients lead healthier lives."

Dr. Peter Selby, Director of Medical EducationCentre for Addiction and Mental Health

"A healthy, smoke-free lifestyle can help reduce Canadians' risk for a number of chronic diseases. We often don't consider the multiple risk factors that can contribute to tobacco use, from poor nutrition and lack of physical activity to our ability to cope with stress. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Picking Up the PACE program aims to address these factors by promoting healthy living habits that can support chronic disease prevention and decrease tobacco use by Canadians."

Dr. Theresa TamCanada's Chief Public Health Officer

Quick Facts

  • Tobacco use plays a role in causing more than 40 diseases and other serious health outcomes, including cancer, respiratory ailments and heart disease.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada is investing $703,904 over five years through its Multi-sectoral Partnerships Approach to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease to support CAMH's Picking Up the PACE program.
  • CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research facilities in the field.
  • A recent report released by the Conference Board of Canada and funded by Health Canada offered more evidence that tobacco use is a significant burden on all Canadians, costing society $16.2 billion in 2012 – $466 for every Canadian. This includes costs associated with direct health care, fire, policing, research and prevention as well as lost productivity due to disability and premature death.
  • The Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA), which also supports the PACE program, is a collaborative partnership with CAMH, The Hospital for Sick Children, Trillium Health Partners and the University of Toronto, in conjunction with Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, focused on transforming care for people living with both mental and physical illness. MPA resources and evidence-based materials will assist with content development of PACE.

Associated Links:Smoking and tobaccoTraining Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health


SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

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