Northern Health working to reduce tobacco use through community grants

Northern Health is again calling for project proposals aimed at increasing awareness and reducing tobacco use in Northern BC. The True North Strong and Smoke-Free community grant program, now in its fourth year, offers various funding to successful applicants.

“Preventing chronic diseases, such as those brought on by smoking, is a fundamental component of people’s health and wellbeing”, said Minister of State for ActNow BC Gordon Hogg, “ActNow BC is pleased to support programs such as Northern Health’s True North Strong and Smoke-Free program, that helps people, including youth, make healthy choices that will lead to better lifestyles.”

The True North Strong and Smoke-Free community grants support community organizations in reducing tobacco use. Projects can focus on spit tobacco, second-hand smoke, smoking cessation, youth tobacco prevention or awareness about tobacco hazards.

“Tobacco use is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and death across Northern B.C.,” said George Wiens, Regional Tobacco Reduction Coordinator. “We look forward to working with local groups to promote community partnerships that will help to lower tobacco use in our health region.”

Previous grants have funded forums for youth to discuss tobacco issues, school-related activities, multimedia displays, and smoke-free promotion for public and private facilities.

For more information and/or to receive a grant package, please contact your local Regional Tobacco Reduction Coordinator.

Northern Health also offers its Nicotine Intervention Counselling Centre

(NICC) program for residents of the region who need advice and support to quit smoking. To speak to a counsellor, please contact a public health unit in your community or Quit Now at 1-877-455-2233 or www.quitnow.ca