This National Non-Smoking Week (January 21-27), the Clean Air Coalition of BC is recommending ways the provincial government can take action to prevent youth from smoking, help those most heavily addicted, and address increasingly complex smoking patterns.
Dr. Kreisman, an endocrinologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, wants the BC government to protect youth from starting to smoke with initiatives like raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21, increasing cigarette taxes, banning smoking in multi-unit dwellings and more…
Minister Terry Lake says it's time to consider raising the legal age in B.C. to purchase tobacco from 19 to 21. Lake cited a study that saw smoking rates in high school students decrease 47 per cent after the legal age was raised.
BC health advocates are commending the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its new ruling requiring all U.S. public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies over the next 18 months.