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Motion on Smoking and Well being, a non-profit group, got here earlier than council Monday night, to share methods the Metropolis can improve the Smoking Bylaw to scale back smoking and vaping use. Photograph by File photograph /jpg, SP

Motion on Smoking and Well being, a non-profit group, got here earlier than council Monday night, to share methods the Metropolis can improve its Smoking Bylaw to scale back smoking and vaping use.

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Les Hagen, Government Director of Motion on Smoking and Well being made a presentation to Spruce Grove council throughout a daily council assembly, Nov. 15.

Motion on Smoking and Well being (ASH) was based in 1979 and is one among Canada’s main tobacco management organizations with workers throughout western Canada. Over time, ASH has offered native, provincial, nationwide and world management on tobacco management with a major concentrate on elevating public consciousness, training, group mobilization, utilized analysis and development of public coverage measures.

In his digital presentation, Hagen highlighted some information about tobacco and vaping and statistics surrounding tobacco and vaping use in at this time’s youth.

“Tobacco does place an enormous burden on our quality of life and our healthcare system,” mentioned Hagen. “Tobacco and nicotine use results in countless diseases and illnesses and kills 50,000 Canadians annually or about 20 per cent of all deaths in Canada.”

Different information famous embody one in each two people who smoke will die prematurely from tobacco use, the financial price is about $15 billion yearly, second hand smoke kills 1,000 individuals yearly, and there’s no secure stage of publicity.

As well as, Hagen famous that youth who vape are at the very least 3 times extra prone to begin smoking tobacco and nearly 100 per cent of youth begin vaping utilizing flavoured merchandise.

“In recent years, there’s been an explosive rise in nicotine vaping, particularly among youth and we need to take quick measures to resolve that,” mentioned Hagen. “When last surveyed, about 400,000 youth in Grades 6 to 12 across Canada, were vaping in the past 30 days. That translates into about 50,000 here in Alberta. That’s an unacceptable number,” he added.

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Hagen highlighted the position social modelling performs, significantly in relation to modelling wholesome behaviour, which might be as influential to youngsters as parental modelling is. He identified the steps the Metropolis of Spruce Grove has taken to assist cut back tobacco and vaping use.

“With the explosive rise in youth vaping, coupled with the legalization of cannabis, efforts to minimize social modelling are even more important,” mentioned Hagen. “Over the years, Spruce Grove has been a leader in reducing public smoking and vaping, and we really do appreciate those efforts.”

Hagen inspired council to replace the present bylaw to make sure that restrictions on the smoking and vaping of tobacco align with any native restrictions on the smoking and vaping of hashish.

“Tobacco kills 50 times more Canadians than cannabis and any restrictions that can be justified for cannabis, can certainly be justified for tobacco,” defined Hagen. “The Alberta government recently became the first province in Canada to align provincial restrictions on vaping and smoking, with provincial restrictions on cannabis consumption, and we encourage municipalities to follow suit.”

Within the presentation Hagen identified that the Spruce Grove Smoking Bylaw ought to embody provisions to ban smoking at public occasions which might be held at public venues and in any respect public recreation areas together with playgrounds, parks, trails, swimming pools, sports activities fields, seashores, skate parks and spray parks.

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Motion on Smoking and Well being additionally urges councils to use licensing charges to tobacco and vaping retailers, and to license these institutions. Edmonton, Calgary, St. Albert and Lloydminster are examples of municipalities within the province which have licensed tobacco retailers. Lloydminster was additionally the primary municipality in Canada to license vape outlets.

“Licensing fees can be re-directed to youth education, retailer training and communication and enforcement costs,” mentioned Hagen. “Signage is also an important element of enforcement and can really help to increase compliance.”

kjean@postmedia.com


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