A comprehensive approach to tobacco control, including school tobacco control policies and effective programs can reduce tobacco use among school-aged children and youth. Prevention messages are also essential to ensure children and youth make the right decisions around tobacco. Not starting to smoke cigarettes and flavoured tobacco such as cigarillos, bidis, kreteks, or use smokeless tobacco such as chew (leaf, plug or twist), or snuff (moist/dip, dry or sachets) at a young age protects young people from the harmful effects of tobacco products.
Through the efforts of the VCH Tobacco Reduction Program and Medical Health Officer Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, the North Shore mountains became 100% smoke-free as of January 2017. Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain followed Grouse Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb’s commitment to providing smoke-free environments for all staff and patrons to enjoy. The Tobacco Reduction team supplied resort owners with resources to ensure a successful transition, and supported staff who were interested in quitting. New signs were displayed to inform the public that the premises are now smoke-free.