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Tobacco Reduction Services in Vancouver Schools

Tobacco Reduction Coordinators

The role of the Tobacco Reduction Coordinators (TRC’s) is to lead the Tobacco Reduction Strategy (see link below) for the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region.  The TRC’ s develop, plan, implement and evaluate programs, activities and initiatives across all health care sectors within VCH (Public Health, Acute Care, Community Care, Residential Care and Mental Health and Addictions).  The focus is health promotion, treating tobacco dependence and chronic disease prevention targeting the general population and high risk groups.

With regards to school-aged children and youth, the TRC’s provide support, resources, training and/or education in the areas of tobacco prevention, cessation and protection (smoke-free environments) to Public Health Nurses, SACY (School Age Children and Youth Substance Use Prevention Initiative) Prevention Coordinators, parents, child care providers and to schools/children and youth.  The TRC’s also work with healthcare providers in the areas of Comprehensive School Health and providing support in Youth Clinics (i.e. treating youth tobacco dependence).

The TRC’s partner with non-government organizations and community organizations to increase awareness of emerging issues on tobacco prevention, cessation and protection.

Some of the resources and programs available to the public can be found at:  http://www.vch.ca/your_environment/tobacco/

For more information, visit the Tobacco Reduction Program web page.

Phone: (604) 675-3800
Email:  smokefree@vch.ca

Tobacco Enforcement Officers

We as Tobacco Enforcement Officers (TEO’s) protect young people by reducing their access and exposure to tobacco products through retailer education, routine inspections and compliance checks to ensure that retailers are complying with the applicable legislation.

Smoking is not permitted on school grounds as regulated under the Provincial Tobacco Control Act and Regulation.  School Administration is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the compliance and posting appropriate no-smoking signs where necessary.  TEO’s are available to assist schools through requested consultation and/or in response to a smoking complaint on the school grounds. 

Please contact us if you know about a retailer selling tobacco to a person under 19 years of age or if there is a concern with smoking on school grounds.  

SOURCE: Tobacco Reduction Services in Vancouver Schools ( )
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