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Ottawa, June 1 (Canadian-Media): Funding of $4.8 million was announced May 31 by Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health to mark World No Tobacco Day for organizations across Canada to develop programs and services to help stop tobacco use among Canadians, and reduce youth vaping, media reports said.
Patty Hajdu. Image credit: Facebook page
These grants and contributions funding are being provided by Health Canada through the Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), is a federal grants and contributions program that provides financial support to provinces, territories, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous organizations, key stakeholders and individuals to strengthen responses to drug and substance use issues in Canada.
While supporting evidence-informed and innovative initiatives across a range of interventions SUAP supports health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment—targeting a broad range of legal and illegal substances.
These investments contribute to the Government of Canada's efforts to protect Canadians from the harms of smoking and nicotine addiction.
Led by the World Health Organization, World No Tobacco Day takes place May 31 and aims to raise awareness on the deadly dangers of tobacco use and to highlight the government initiatives in protecting youth from the harms of tobacco and vaping products.
Services and supports are available to help Canadians quit smoking though trained specialists with the pan-Canadian toll-free quit line to help individuals develop a quit-smoking plan, answer questions and provide referrals to programs and services in communities across Canada, including information on how to access quit-smoking medications that can help with the potential withdrawal symptoms.
The projects funded by Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program include Association for Action on Smoking and Health which will receive $790,000 over 36 months; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) would be granted more than $670,000 over 21 months; Lung Health Foundation would get more than $960,000 over 39 months; Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada would be granted more than $1 million over 48 months; Students Commission of Canada to get more than $270,000 over 36 months; and University of Waterloo will get more than $1.1 million over 36 months.