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Exploring Alternate Choices to Tobacco for Students

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, November 17, 2014 3:42 PM

Sarnia, ON – In collaboration with the Lambton Kent District School Board and the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, Lambton Public Health is today launching the Alternate Choices Program, an education initiative designed to reduce tobacco consumption among secondary school students at all high schools in Lambton County.

Alternate Choices addresses a variety of tobacco-use issues such as financial and social consequences, role modelling, and the social supply of tobacco. The program will also provide increased support and quit help while working to decrease early initiation and smoking on school property.

"Tobacco use is the single, greatest preventable cause of death in Ontario," said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton Medical Officer of Health. "This program gives youth the tools and the help they need to prevent tobacco addiction and lead longer, healthier lives."

According to Statistics Canada (2011/12), Lambton County had a noticeably higher rate of young adult smokers (20-34 years old) compared to the provincial average (40% vs. 26%). Research also indicates that the uptake of smoking is more than two times higher during transition years.

"Smoking rates remain alarmingly high in Lambton County," said Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. "We are pleased to partner with Lambton Public Health on this important initiative to help reduce smoking rates in our community."

Jim Costello, Director of Education for Lambton Kent District School Board, is excited about the new approach to an old problem. "Teen smoking is a problem in every community, and the Lambton Kent District School Board is ready to work together to tackle this problem in a progressive manner."

For more information please call 519-344-2062 ext. 2119 or toll free 1-800-667-2882.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:
Nadia Butchey
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519-344-2062 ext. 2119
email: nadia.butchey@county-lambton.on.ca