May 31 slated as World No Tobacco Day

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May 31, 2010 World No Tobacco Day. As the date approaches, the Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) is recognizing the many positive tobacco control initiatives taking place in our province. ACT is pleased to announce that over 70 municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador, representing 70 per cent of our population, now have policies in place to make their outdoor recreation and sporting facilities smoke free.
The College of the North Atlantic will be declaring all campuses smoke free by September of this year - more indication that a smoke free outdoors is becoming the norm. Also, initiatives are in place to create smoke-free school yards and hospital grounds. Many landlords are declaring properties and apartment complexes smoke-free as well. Widespread community support for a smoke-free outdoors seems to be catching on.
ACT stresses the importance of these initiatives in protecting people from second hand smoke, as well as in preventing young people from beginning to smoke. Making it less accepted to smoke outdoors in public areas may also play a big role in helping people quit.
Gary Miller is the chair of ACT's board of directors. He believes that this initiative is gaining momentum, and will continue to grow in the future.
"By working together and having people realize that every action counts, we will continue to increase the number of people choosing to live a tobacco free lifetyle."

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • unheard of
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    this is unbelieveable. if your outdoors who cares as long as it's not bothering someone else. if it is just move a few feet from them and be done of it. i don't know how you can make the outdoors smokefree. yes i understand the point of the blue line in places but governement has no right to tell someone they can't smoke in their own car or on their own property. next thing you'll see is every house having an rnc office walking around it all day long. it's your own choice to smoke, if you don't more power to you but those of us that do shag off and leave us be if we're not bothering someone else.

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Rhonda Ryan from BC writes; ...and the incorrect thinking smokers have.

    This is probably the most offensive quote i've ever seen on these boards, and i don't get offended. i also do not smoke, but what the f-bomb makes you think that your way of thinking is any more correct than anyone else. for all we know, being a smoker could be a prerequesite for getting into heaven... if there even is one. lets not get into that debate but just because you disagree, doesn't mean you are correct to do so

  • Rhonda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    So relieved to know that there are many people who TRUELY care about not only their own health but the health of others as well. If I might suggest cameras in areas that could assist the smoking police, so that ALL people could enjoy the great outdoors. The CONTROL initiatives that have been placed upon the people of Nfld and Labrador don't go far enough, and stiff prison sentences would go a long way to irradicate smoking and the incorrect thinking smokers have.

  • chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Unheard of: That is just the problem ,you are affecting us and everyone else with your lifestyle choice because not only does it pollute the fresh air I would like to breath but you are also affecting the bottom dollar of this province when you end up becoming a permanent resident of our health care system costing thousands and thousands to the taxpayers of this province and what you pay in taxes is quickly used up trying to repair and reverse the damages of your decisions.

  • Sam
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    To Unheard of from NL.....Please keep your windows closed when you are in your car and smoking. When you smokers are driving and smoking with your windows open, and often with your arm and smoke haning out the window (so YOU can get fresh air!!), the smoke comes into my car-- especially when I am parked at a red light in the lane next to you, or behind you. You have no right to force this secondhand smoke upon me.
    Bottle yourself -up with your own smoke, and I won't care-----oh, and start paying your own health-care costs from your smokeing-related diseases....

  • ex newf
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    you know i have never smoked, but i do believe in rights even if the goverments dont. I never drank either , but again thats up to whoever uses it . Now what i dont understand is the goverment is pushing no smoking down our thoats and less drinking down our thoats, so why is it still legal. OH yeah taxes! foolish me .
    Like i said i have never smoked , but i do believe the people got rights I dont mind people smoking or drinking around me .So if you want it stopped thes only one way of doing it . You want all these fools that drink and drive and cause more trouble on a weekend to stop , only one way of doing that to . We all know that wont happen.
    Its funny though The goverment wants you to smoke because the need the taxes , you can drink and cause havic because the want the taxes ,, but your not allowed ot have a casino. Guess what the goverment gets a cut out of them to . Now you know why i moved out of Canada

  • unheard of
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    this is unbelieveable. if your outdoors who cares as long as it's not bothering someone else. if it is just move a few feet from them and be done of it. i don't know how you can make the outdoors smokefree. yes i understand the point of the blue line in places but governement has no right to tell someone they can't smoke in their own car or on their own property. next thing you'll see is every house having an rnc office walking around it all day long. it's your own choice to smoke, if you don't more power to you but those of us that do shag off and leave us be if we're not bothering someone else.

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Rhonda Ryan from BC writes; ...and the incorrect thinking smokers have.

    This is probably the most offensive quote i've ever seen on these boards, and i don't get offended. i also do not smoke, but what the f-bomb makes you think that your way of thinking is any more correct than anyone else. for all we know, being a smoker could be a prerequesite for getting into heaven... if there even is one. lets not get into that debate but just because you disagree, doesn't mean you are correct to do so

  • Rhonda
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    So relieved to know that there are many people who TRUELY care about not only their own health but the health of others as well. If I might suggest cameras in areas that could assist the smoking police, so that ALL people could enjoy the great outdoors. The CONTROL initiatives that have been placed upon the people of Nfld and Labrador don't go far enough, and stiff prison sentences would go a long way to irradicate smoking and the incorrect thinking smokers have.

  • chris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Unheard of: That is just the problem ,you are affecting us and everyone else with your lifestyle choice because not only does it pollute the fresh air I would like to breath but you are also affecting the bottom dollar of this province when you end up becoming a permanent resident of our health care system costing thousands and thousands to the taxpayers of this province and what you pay in taxes is quickly used up trying to repair and reverse the damages of your decisions.

  • Sam
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    To Unheard of from NL.....Please keep your windows closed when you are in your car and smoking. When you smokers are driving and smoking with your windows open, and often with your arm and smoke haning out the window (so YOU can get fresh air!!), the smoke comes into my car-- especially when I am parked at a red light in the lane next to you, or behind you. You have no right to force this secondhand smoke upon me.
    Bottle yourself -up with your own smoke, and I won't care-----oh, and start paying your own health-care costs from your smokeing-related diseases....

  • ex newf
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    you know i have never smoked, but i do believe in rights even if the goverments dont. I never drank either , but again thats up to whoever uses it . Now what i dont understand is the goverment is pushing no smoking down our thoats and less drinking down our thoats, so why is it still legal. OH yeah taxes! foolish me .
    Like i said i have never smoked , but i do believe the people got rights I dont mind people smoking or drinking around me .So if you want it stopped thes only one way of doing it . You want all these fools that drink and drive and cause more trouble on a weekend to stop , only one way of doing that to . We all know that wont happen.
    Its funny though The goverment wants you to smoke because the need the taxes , you can drink and cause havic because the want the taxes ,, but your not allowed ot have a casino. Guess what the goverment gets a cut out of them to . Now you know why i moved out of Canada