Let’s talk about cars for a bit. Many of us rely pretty heavily on our car and it’s important to us that they stay in good working condition. We bring them in for regular maintenance, oil changes, rotate the tires… all that stuff to get as many years of good driving out of them that we can. Now imagine you brought your car to the garage for an oil change and they noticed something really wrong with it. Something that could severely compromise the car’s performance and take years off its life. You’d expect them to ask you if you wanted it fixed, right?
Smoking & Tobacco
This past weekend I was scrolling through my Netflix list looking for something to keep my attention for a brief period. There’s a lot going on in my house and I never get a full 2 hours for something, so movies tend to be consumed in about half hour installments, usually while I’m working at something else. I made a selection and was about 10 minutes through the opening sequence when everything just started to feel really familiar.
According to a study released today by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, 65% of homes in Oliver Paipoonge and 17% of homes in Marathon have high levels of radon. The study was conducted in Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, during the home heating season.
Remember when you were partying like it was 1999 (because it was) at your New Year’s Eve millennium/Y2K/Newmanium party? We were ringing in the future. The old-timey 1900s were coming to a close and it was time to usher in the 21st Century.
Welcome back, fellow public health enthusiasts! Last time you heard from me, I told you about Canada’s deadly addiction to smoking and the “Endgame” goal: A national smoking rate of under 5% by 2035. What I didn’t tell you is what we have to do to get there. The good news is that it’s definitely possible and that when we do, it will save tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars a year. The bad news: At first, not everyone is going to like it.
Canada’s goal is to lower the smoking rate to under 5% by 2035. Ontario has pledged to reach 10% by 2023. What can we do for the smoking endgame to be anything more than a pipe dream?
October 10, 2017 - October 8 to 14 is Fire Prevention Week, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is calling on multi-unit housing providers in Thunder Bay and the District to adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings. The benefits of implementing smoke-free policies affect tenants and landlords, alike.
Photo (From L-R): Kim Bordignon, a Hospital staff member who spoke about her experience with quitting smoking, Kelly-Jo Gillis, Manager, Preventive Health Services, Hospital, Jessica Jurcik (featured in the NWQuit.com campaign), Dan DePeuter, Tobacco Control Area Network Coordinator, and Denise Maidment (featured in the NWQuit.com campaign).
January 19, 2017 - In Ontario, 37% of youth tobacco use can be attributed to onscreen smoking. Youth-rated movies delivered 7 billion tobacco impressions to Ontario theatre audiences between 2004 and 2013. According to multiple studies world-wide, the more smoking that youth see in movies, the more likely they are to smoke. Today, the Northwest Tobacco Control Area Network (NW TCAN,) in collaboration with the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies (OCSFM), launched a new tool to provide parents with strategies to protect their kids and make youth-rated movies smoke-free in Ontario.
To get telephone-based smoking cessation support and health care information and advice, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, call toll free at 1-866-797-0000 or toll-free TTY at 1-866-797-0007.