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Promoting tobacco free children and youth

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and illness, and 85% of smokers today started before they were age 18.

The Tobacco Reduction Program works with teachers, counsellors, youth addiction workers, youth centre staff, Aboriginal communities and others to: 

  • Prevent young people from starting to smoke
  • Protect children and youth from secondhand smoke
  • Support young tobacco users to quit

Schools and child & youth organizations wanting to take action on tobacco can access resources from the Interior Health Tobacco Reduction Program.

How can I help my children to stay smoke-free?

The best thing you can do is to model a tobacco-free lifestyle. Ensure that the spaces where your children live, learn and play are free of tobacco smoke. Create a smoke-free home and vehicle, and make sure that your child’s other caregivers do the same. Support smoke-free schools, playgrounds and playing fields in your community.

Schools and child & youth organizations wanting to take action on tobacco can access resources from the Interior Health Tobacco Reduction Program. Find out more by emailing us.

If you use tobacco, consider quitting. If it’s not time for you to quit yet, talk with your child about your experience with smoking. Parents who smoke can still make a difference by talking about how difficult it is to quit and that you hope they won’t start.

Did you know? It’s against the law to provide tobacco to a minor, or to smoke in a vehicle with a child under the age of 16.

Quitnow Services provides free individualized support 24-7 for individuals wanting support to quit.  Click on the link or call 8-1-1. QuitNow also offers resources for youth & young adults who want to quit.

Youth (and adults) who want to quit can access the new B.C. Smoking Cessation Program for help with the cost of quit-smoking aids. Its always a good idea to discuss quit-smoking medications with a doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare provider.

 

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