Early education programs

Elementary schools and high schools have worked for the past 30 years mainly to rid the use of cigarettes in students and staff. To effectively prevent the use of tobacco in students they must create an “anti-smoking” environment. School based programs should be incorporated in schools which review the long term and short term effects of tobacco, health risks, resistance skills, refusial skills, peer pressure, negative social outcomes, and social norms.

Provide Program-specific training for teachers

Providing a set curriculum of tobacco effects and anti-smoking material and training teachers will greatly improve the success of ending or preventing tobacco use. Teachers should model, practice, influence and inform students with these programs.

Emotional Support

It is important to give support to someone who is in the process of quitting smoking. The first thing you should do is understand its hard. Smoking is not just a bad habit, it is a complicated, serious addiction. To show support listen, don’t lecture, ask questions, offer distractions, celebrate their successes, be patient and be positive.

Media Campaigns

Most often television ads have proven to be very effective in influencing young adults to say no to cigarettes. Advertisements that trigger negative feelings such as health risks, secondhand smoking, and death targets youth which sparks a conversation.

Start a Campaign in the community

Form a group that accurately represents the community, educate young adults and kids, start a database of supporters and find a good sponser. Find a city council member or board of health supervisor to help sponsor your movement.

Law changes: Alcohol and Smoking

British Columbia banned smoking indoors in all public spaces and workplaces in March, 2008, within a 3m radius of any and all doors, windows, and air intakes. In British Columbia the federally defined age to legally be able to consume and purchase alcohol is 19 years of age. The legal smoking age in B.C. is 19, and anyone caught selling tobacco to minors could face fines up to $5000. Smoking is also legal on some patios and drivers cannot smoke with anyone in their car that is under 16 yrs of age. There has been enormous progress in B.C. in introducing new laws in attempt to clear the air of our environment.




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