National Non-Smoking Week
is a yearly event in Canada
. Since 1977
, it continues to be observed on the third full week of January, starting on the Sunday. Coordinated by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control
, it aims to:
- educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking;
- prevent non-smokers from beginning to smoke and becoming addicted to tobacco;
- help smokers quit;
- promote the right of individuals to breathe air unpolluted by tobacco smoke;
- denormalize the tobacco industry, tobacco industry marketing practices, tobacco products, and tobacco use; and
- assist in the attainment of a smoke-free society in Canada.
The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed Weedless Wednesday
. Smokers are urged to refrain from smoking on this day. The intention is to kickstart the process of quitting smoking as well as gaining media coverage.
See also: Tobacco smoking