New funding aims to help moms, addicts quit smoking

The province announced new funding today to help smokers in certain target groups kick the habit.

The funding, which comes during National Non-Smoking Week (Jan. 18-24), is directed at expectant and new mothers as well as people living in poverty, participating in addictions treatment or struggling with mental illness.

Over the next two years, the government will spend $280,000 to assist programs operated by Healthy Child Manitoba, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the North End Wellness Centre.

The government said far fewer young people are smoking than a decade ago. In 1999, 29 per cent of Manitobans aged 15 to 19 smoked, compared with 17 per cent in 2008.

source: www.winnipegfreepress.com

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