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2016 Tobacco-free Champions

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:25 PM

To celebrate World No Tobacco Day and the 10th anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Lambton Public Health is proud to announce its 2016 Tobacco-free Champions.

Lambton Tobacco-free Champions shared their knowledge of health risks associated with tobacco use and advocated for effective ways to reduce tobacco consumption.

Bluewater Health

Bluewater Health is recognized for its commitment to healthy environments, patient and staff cessation, and training and its partnerships with organizations including Lambton Public Health, Smokers' Helpline, Lambton Tobacco Network, Cancer Care Ontario, and patients and families.

  • New employees at Bluewater Health are asked about tobacco use. If interested in quitting they are given a variety of assistive resources.
  • Patients are screened upon admission. Patients who smoke are encouraged to ask for information, programs and products to help them quit during, and after, their hospital stay.
  • Bluewater Health's unique smoking cessation program has been presented at conferences and featured in journals.

"As part of our commitment to a safe and healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors, Bluewater Health in Sarnia and Petrolia offers a smoke-free environment and smoking cessation programs for staff and patients."

Lori Jennings
Director Interprofessional Best Practice & Student Relations
Bluewater Health

Grant Lee

In 2015, Grant Lee contacted Lambton Public Health for help to quit smoking and for nicotine replacement therapy for support and for nicotine replacement therapy to quit smoking
"It was really important for my health that I quit smoking and now that I have quit I am much healthier," says Lee. "Another big plus on quitting for me was the financial gain from not buying cigarettes anymore."
Lee uses a variety of methods to live a tobacco-free lifestyle. One of key to success is leaving notes around his house as positive reinforcements.
Not only has he remained tobacco free, Mr. Lee continues to be an advocate of LPH's iquit smoking program by encouraging friends to become tobacco free.

Sarnia Legionnaires

Sarnia Legionnaires Junior B Hockey Club displayed its commitment to player health and being community role models by creating and implementing a tobacco free policy that prohibits players from using any type of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarette products.
The process began after the team received a Programme of Excellence presentation. The program offers academic support, opportunities to volunteer and support local charitable organizations, participation in community events, and access to health and wellness professionals like dentists, career counsellors and public health educators.

“Our players recognize the leadership roles they play both on and off the ice and creating a tobacco-free policy as a team shows commitment to their health and that of the community. I am proud of the initiative our players have taken in setting this example and of the Legionnaires organization as a whole for their enthusiastic support”.

Mark Davis
Coach, Sarnia Legionnaires

Chewing tobacco, increasingly used by professional and amateur athletes, is linked to harmful health effects such as:

  • cancers of the mouth, pancreas, esophagus
  • gum disease
  • heart disease
  • stroke

A number of communities, such as San Francisco, Boston and New York, have introduced legislation to prohibit smokeless tobacco products at professional sporting venues.

Youth Community Health Action Team (Youth CHAT)

The Youth CHAT team is made up of volunteer youth working to prevent young people from starting to use tobacco in Lambton County.
The teens attend and plan numerous community events and fun activities promoting tobacco-free lifestyles to residents of Lambton. Those involved are also passionate and knowledgeable about tobacco use and its impacts.

"Being tobacco free is important," says one CHAT member. "People our age need to understand good health starts early in life and we need to make healthy choices. Youth CHAT gives us the opportunity to tell our friends and community about healthy choices and they need to start early to make healthy ones".

On January 1, 2016, Ontario banned flavoured tobacco products that are often popular among youth.

Lambton Kent District School Board and St. Clair Catholic District School Board

The school boards are recognized for the commitment to tobacco-free lifestyles and for their support in the tobacco-free initiative Alternate Choices Program and Nicotime.

"The boards recognize the importance of reducing smoking rates in our community and have shown their commitment to tobacco-free initiatives such the secondary school Alternate Choices Program and the Nicotime challenge," says Martina Jackson, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health.
St. Clair Catholic District School Board went beyond the scope of the SFOA. The board's policy covers all tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, cut tobacco and chewing tobacco.

Alternate Choices is a public health initiative that targets smoking on school property and tobacco use among Lambton County youth. Students smoking on school property can attend an education session to gain the tools and help to prevent tobacco addiction.

Nicotime challenges Lambton youth between the ages of 14 and 19 years - who would like to quit using tobacco - to cut back or pledge to not start using tobacco products. Nearly 900 embraced the challenge in 2015.