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PDF | Vol. 3, No. 4 (2007)

While smoking is known to cause death and disease, what may be lesser known is the degree to which it affects the lives of people with mental illness and addictions, who are overrepresented in the smoking population. This issue of Visions on Tobacco explores the many facets of this legal substance and the people who use it—myths and facts, social and economic pressures, impacts of smoking policies, research and experiences into why so many mental health and addictions service users smoke, and unique programs and approaches that can help smokers to quit or cut down.


  • Editor's message
    (Christina Martens)

  • Why Tobacco Control is Still Important
    (Simon Barton)

  • Tobacco Control In The Context of Mental Illness and Addictions
    (Joy Johnson)

  • Getting to The Bottom of A Burning Issue
    (Sara Perry and Nicole Pankratz)

  • The CACTUS Project
    (Syd Malachy and Joy Johnson)

  • The Federal Tobacco Strategy (2001-2011)
    (Zoe Khan)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Staying 'Quit': Pride on My Side
    (Frank Sterle Jr.)

  • Smoking: Habit or Addiction?
    (Susan Katz)

  • Smoking My Life Away
    (Catherine St. Denis)

  • The Joys of Smoking (Yeah Right)
    (Ronald MacIntyre)

  • Smoke-Free Success
    (Kathyrn Lestage)

  • Puffing It Up
    (Dawn-Marie Tytherleigh)

  • Tobacco Addiction: Cunning, Baffling and Powerful
    (Marianne Linthorne)

  • Break's Over!
    (Lyle Richardson)

  • Quitting: A Journey to Compassion and Song
    (Rene Rey)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • The Role of Schools in Addressing Tobacco
    (Dan Reist)

  • Blue-Collar Taste
    (Kate Dahlstorm and Tara Ney)

  • TRIPs: Learning more about men, women and tobacco in intimate relationships
    (Joan Bottorff and Joanne Carey)

  • Faith in Tobacco Control
    (Sara Perry and Ian Kirkpatrick)

  • BC Government QuitNow Project
    (Jake Adrian)

  • Banning Smoking in Hospitals
    (Ron Plecas)

Regional Programs

  • Treating Tobacco Dependence in the Addiction Setting: The Aurora Centre's experience
    (Gail Malmo)

  • Fraser Health Launches a "30 Seconds to Save a Life" Campaign
    (Jami Brown)

  • Tobacco - NOT the Least of Their Worries: Interior Health's nicotine intervention counselling
    (MaryAnne Waters)

  • Vancouver's Butt Out Stop Smoking Program
    (Tom Heah)

  • Breathing Easy Smoking Cessation: A CMHA Simon Fraser Branch program for people with Mental Illness
    (Rona Wilkman and Rodney Baker)

  • My Neighbour's Smoking Makes Me Sick
    (Jack Boomer) (online only)

  • REVIEW: Smoking Films
    (Bruce Saunders) (online only)



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