A new position statement from Annapolis Valley Health outlines the health authority’s stance on tobacco use and health outcomes.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work over the past number of years with community partners and organizations to address the impact of tobacco use on health of our citizens,” says Tricia Cochrane, vice-president of community and continuing care with Annapolis Valley Health. “It became increasingly clear that, as a leader and partner in this work, it was important to define our position on tobacco use.”
The two-page position statement, which contains background information about the impact of tobacco use on Canadians and Nova Scotians, outlines AVH’s stance related to policy and legislation, nicotine treatment support, industry marketing, and strategic partnerships.
“This statement not only guides our work in advocacy but also defines the many approaches needed to combat harmful impacts of tobacco use,” says Cochrane. “We know that tobacco use among youth and vulnerable populations in our communities continues to be a challenge – and we want to change health outcomes for the better.”
AVH has a rich history in tobacco control work. Staff, volunteers and physicians have worked together with local coalitions and partners to envision healthier communities in which tobacco use is not the norm.
Cochrane also notes the momentum of various policies and legislation that have been implemented across the province and country.
“We know that there is no safe use of tobacco and we are committed to help individuals, families and communities be healthier.”
This position statement is the first of several more that will be released in the new year on various issues and all statements are based on the best current evidence. Position statements will be reviewed every three years to ensure that they reflect the best evidence available.