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Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco use is one of the single largest threats to the health of individuals and communities in the Island Health region.   Smoking kills more people in British Columbia than all other drugs, motor vehicle collisions, murder, suicide and HIV/AIDS combined.  Read more about tobacco

There are things you can do to prevent illnesses related to tobacco use, for yourself and your community.

Reasons to quit

Everyone has his or her own reasons for quitting, like the effects on your health and the impacts on your family. Knowing your reasons for quitting can help you stay motivated.  Read more…

Also see: quit smoking before surgery, smoking during pregnancy

Help to quit

It’s never too late to quit smoking. There are supports available to help you start a smoke-free life:

Tobacco-free living

Island Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Control program helps promote tobacco-free activities and smoke-free places particularly for young people.

Visiting an Island Health facility

Island Health has a smoke-free premises policy.
Having surgery? Get help to quit smoking before surgery.  

Resources for Health Professionals

Helping People Quit, Smoking Cessation Intranet site

Aboriginal Communities

The Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities (AHLA) is a provincially funded program designed to bring together community leaders and individuals who are passionate about health and wellness and to promote healthy living including reduction of tobacco misuse. Contact the program manager for more information.