Tobacco-Free Schools

Smoke Free Schools

Under the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act all public and private kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in BC are required to be tobacco-free. 

This means all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, are not allowed on school property at any time, even when school is not in session.

Tobacco-free schools support families to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and help schools take a health-promoting approach to tobacco reduction. 

Healthy Schools BC

Healthy Schools BC works with partners from the health and education sectors, and with those from the broader community, to support students to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. 

A healthy school is a place where students have many opportunities – in the classroom, and in every aspect of their school experience – to foster their healthy physical, mental, social and intellectual development.

Ceremonial use of tobacco

The ceremonial use of tobacco is exempted from the ban on tobacco use in schools if the ceremonial use is approved by the school board and it is performed in relation to a traditional aboriginal activity.

News & Events

island health mag fall 19

Island Health Magazine Fall 2019

The fall issue of Island Health magazine includes articles on Active Transportation, Recovery Success Stories and Handling Bats. This issue also features articles on Handling the Holidays including the Importance of Self-Care and Lightening up your Holiday Dinner.

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​​​​​​​Port Alice Health Centre service model announced

​​​​​​​Port Alice Health Centre service model announced

Island Health is pleased to announce a new service delivery model for Port Alice, based on recent conversations with the Village Council, Port Alice Health Forum and community members.

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Mid Van Island

Make a smoke-free lifestyle your goal for 2018!

NANAIMO — If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, Dr. Derek Poteryko can help.

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