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Government on anti-smoking offensive. Public health officials launched an aggressive campaign, Tuesday, aimed at stamping out smoking in Norway. Today’s move, called “Time to quit?” (“På tide å slutte?”), is designed to prevent smoking’s 5,100 annual deaths. The government has set aside 19 million kroner to spend on the previously unconfirmed campaign. Norwegian Directorate of Health Director Bjørn-Inge Larsen states he is tasked with ensuring young people today are the smoke-free generations of tomorrow, whilst motivating and helping current smokers to stop.

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Government on anti-smoking offensive

Published on Tuesday, 3rd January, 2012 at 22:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th January 2012 at 08:52.

Public health officials launched an aggressive campaign, Tuesday, aimed at stamping out smoking in Norway.

Cigarette in ashtray
Cigarette in ashtray
Photo: © 2005 Tomasz Sienicki/Wikimedia Commons


Today’s move, called “Time to quit?” (“På tide å slutte?”), is designed to prevent smoking’s 5,100 annual deaths. The government has set aside 19 million kroner to spend on the previously unconfirmed campaign.

Norwegian Directorate of Health Director Bjørn-Inge Larsen states he is tasked with ensuring young people today are the smoke-free generations of tomorrow, whilst motivating and helping current smokers to stop.

“The campaign’s core message is that quitting smoking is good, and help is available,” he says.

An Australian film containing vivid scenes showing some of the consequences of smoking, including the doubled risk of strokes, (video below, viewer discretion advised) will be screened on national television as part of the drive.

According to health officials, the footage, dubbed into Norwegian, has been thoroughly tested and shown to have been extremely effective in the US, Australia, and several European countries. Two additional films show the connection between smoking and lung disease.

Citing a poll that shows four out of five agree with showing the consequences of smoking, Bjørn-Inge Larsen argues, “I understand many react to the campaign’s measures, but far too many die from tobacco-related diseases. 19 percent of the population between 16 and 74 smoked daily in 2010.”

The inquiry also reportedly shows many people are unaware of smoking’s health risks.

“We know that quitting smoking is the single factor that can save the most lives, suffering, and public health money,” concludes Mr Larsen.


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Published on Tuesday, 3rd January, 2012 at 22:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th January 2012 at 08:52.

This post has the following tags: norwayanti-smokingcampaign, nosmokingnorway.





  
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