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  1. Learn About Tobacco

    [Info Sheet]

    Tobacco is a plant that contains nicotine, a psychoactive (mind altering) drug that speeds up activity in our central nervous system but has relaxing effects too. ...

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  2. The Role of Schools in Addressing Tobacco

    [Visions Article]

    Chances are, when you think of preventing smoking, you think of education programs in school. But, as a recent Ministry of Health document shows, prevention is much more than education. 1 Schools are also being asked to develop policies to respond to toba ...

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  3. Blue-Collar Taste

    [Visions Article]

    Smoking rates have been declining in BC and across Canada, except in some segments of society—blue-collar workers being one of them. We are working with BCIT and Health Canada to change this for blue-collar workers. Following is a synopsis of the work we ...

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  4. Learning About "TRIPs"

    [Visions Article]

    Pregnancy is often a time when couples start to think about changes in tobacco use by one or both partners. Smoking cessation for pregnancy is often temporary, with many women relapsing after childbirth. Although a number of resources to support smoking c ...

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  5. Faith in Tobacco Control

    [Visions Article]

    It’s ironic that after decades of research into ways to prevent and reduce smoking, the very individuals who are most vulnerable to tobacco’s negative effects are often still overlooked. Rural populations, minority groups, people on lower incomes or those ...

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  6. BC Government QuitNow Project

    [Visions Article]

    The Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance announced a $1.27-million pilot project called Quit Smoking Now! This voluntary smoking cessation program available to income assistance clients, including those on disability, began January 22, 2007. ...

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  7. Editor's Message: Tobacco

    [Visions Article]

    Well, out of all the issues that I have written editorials on, this one leaves me the most conflicted. While I do not smoke, many important people in my life have been and are smokers. I know the potentially tragic consequences of smoking on a person’s bo ...

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  8. Why Tobacco Control is Still Important

    [Visions Article]

    Recent headlines might have you thinking the most pressing public health concern is obesity or a lack of physical activity. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you might think it’s illegal drug use. All are important issues, but the leading cause of preven ...

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  9. Tobacco Control in the Context of Mental Illness and Addictions

    [Visions Article]

    Tobacco use is prevalent among people with mental illness or addictions, and the effects of tobacco use are more widespread in this population than in the general population. Because of this high tobacco use rate, thousands of smokers with mental illness ...

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  10. The Federal Tobacco Control Strategy

    [Visions Article]

    Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of disease and death in Canada. Every year, over 37,000 Canadians die from smoking-related illnesses, including 800 non-smokers who die from illnesses due to exposure to second-hand smoke. 1 Half of current ...

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