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Smoking causes stroke to occur
Date:10/2/2011

of the initiatives Dr. Pipe hopes to see enforced are to:

  • reduce tobacco access to minors
  • ensure tobacco is appropriately priced
  • act more aggressively to deal with contraband tobacco
  • be more systematic, from a health system's point of view, in terms of helping those who are smokers quit
  • create an integrated smoking cessation unit within the health community

"Stroke is preventable," said Dr. Sharma, Deputy Director of the Canadian Stroke Network. "This study highlights the sizeable role smoking has on stroke. Quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, following a healthy diet and being physically active significantly reduce the risk of stroke."

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, more than 37,000 Canadians will die prematurely each year due to tobacco use. Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Michael Hill notes that this study reinforces the importance of education, prevention programs, and legislation. "It is critical for governments to continue to wage the battle against tobacco industry products," says Dr. Hill. "This includes the renewal of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, which is set to expire next spring, and ensuring that Canada adopts plain and standardized tobacco packaging."


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Contact: Cathy Campbell
cathy@canadianstrokenetwork.ca
613-852-2303
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Source:Eurekalert

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