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This health topic provides tips and reports on understanding what is happening in our environment and staying safe.

An electronic cigarette is a battery attached to a chamber containing liquid that may (or may not) contain nicotine.

Improving health by improving the environments in which we live.

The purpose of this guide is to help the public understand what increased sulphur dioxide (SO2) levels may mean for their health.

Island Health is often asked about the safety of pesticides used in homes, gardens or public places.

Environmental Health Officers monitor Vancouver Island’s popular public beaches and assess and inspect public/commercial swimming pools, and hot tubs, for compliance with health standards.

Any home or building that is not connected to a municipal or city sewage system needs a safe method of treating and discharging sewage.

Why make spaces smoke-free? Because there is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Tobacco use is one of the single largest threats to the health of individuals and communities in the Island Health region. 

Forest fires can be an inevitable part of living in British Columbia. The following information is provided to reduce your personal health risk.

Wood smoke, like other smoke, is a source of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which may cause health problems.