Inter Island Public Health Forum

Therese Lynetta Burrell Prehay

Therese Lynetta Burrell Prehay

Title Of Presentation : I Can Quit

More than fifty years after the first US Surgeon General’s Report (1950) linking cigarette smoking to a variety of cancers, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world killing 8 million people every year(WHO, 2017 ).

Quitting smoking is one of the most powerful changes a person can make for their health, but it is not always as easy some would suggest as tobacco dependence is a cluster of behavioural, cognitive and psychological phenomena. Very few tobacco users can successfully quit the habit in their first attempt. But, the scientific evidence is strong that it can be done. From quit lines to counselling, to prescription medicines, there are numerous effective ways to quit.