Show children that smoking is not a normal behaviour

I am very pleased to hear that Red Deer city council is talking about expanding outdoor smoking legislation. There is a lot of merit in creating smoke-free buffer zones around areas designed to promote health and recreation for children.

I am very pleased to hear that Red Deer city council is talking about expanding outdoor smoking legislation. There is a lot of merit in creating smoke-free buffer zones around areas designed to promote health and recreation for children.

While smoking rates in the general population are on the decline in Canada, smoking among Alberta youth has increased over the last few years. Our youth are still choosing to smoke despite universal knowledge about the dangers of tobacco use, which will result in nearly 1,300 entirely preventable lung cancer deaths in Alberta this year.

Those who start smoking before the age of 18 tend to have the hardest time quitting when they are older — too many are never able to break the deadly addiction.

Smoke-free outdoor play spaces not only reduce youth exposure to second-hand smoke, they also reinforce the message that smoking is not normal behavior. This will help decrease the likelihood that Red Deer youth will experiment with tobacco products.

Furthermore, any smoking restriction, including outdoor smoking bans around spaces like playgrounds have proven to support adults in quitting smoking.

Almost 80 per cent of current smokers have tried or are trying to quit. Supportive smoke-free environments can help people to achieve this goal — especially in those environments where they bring their children to play.

Let’s turn our outdoor play spaces into areas that truly promote health. Our children and our communities deserve it.

Sarah Hawkins, Public Policy Analyst

Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division

Red Deer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,227 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer RCMP say a 30-year-old man faces sexual charges against a teen. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Innisfail RCMP arrest man following ‘lengthy pursuit’

Innisfail RCMP say a “lengthy pursuit” through a rural area ended with… Continue reading

Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan speaks in the Alberta Legislature on Wednesday in this image from his Facebook page.
Red Deer MLA Jason Stephan sounds off on socialism in anti-lockdown speech

Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan has applauded his government’s COVID-19 response, saying… Continue reading

(Photo by Paul Cowley/ Advocate Staff)
Mask bylaws not popular in rural areas

Red Deer and Blackfalds bylaws requiring masks in public places kick in on Monday

A GoFundMe campaign to support a Stettler couple following a fire has raised more than $3,000. (Contributed photo)
Family pet dies in Stettler fire

GoFundMe page has raised more than $3K so far

skip2
Rimbey Christian School students experience the joy of giving

Grades three and four students raised $2,000 for Somalian children

kkk
Opinion: We’re weary of the wait for COVID vaccine

It’s official: vaccines are the new toilet paper. Justin Trudeau appears to… Continue reading

Actor Johnny Flynn portrays David Bowie in the film "Stardust" in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Elevation Pictures *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Stardust’ is a Bowie pic without his music but that was always the plan: director

TORONTO — Gabriel Range’s controversial David Bowie drama “Stardust” has angered fans… Continue reading

Canadian figure skating champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir come to Penticton Oct. 6 with the Rock the Rink tour. This will be the pair’s last tour as they have announced they are retiring from the world of competitive figure skating. (Contributed)
Ice-dancers Moir and Virtue among 114 Order of Canada inductees

OTTAWA — Champion ice-dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue are among 114… Continue reading

Mahomes vs. Brady spices up Thanksgiving holiday week

Mahomes vs. Brady spices up Thanksgiving holiday week

Cowboys miss chance for NFC East lead with another home loss

Cowboys miss chance for NFC East lead with another home loss

Arsenal, Leicester, Hoffenheim advance in Europa League

Arsenal, Leicester, Hoffenheim advance in Europa League

Keegan Messing performs during the Men's Short program at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. If the world figure skating championships do go ahead in a bubble in March in Sweden, there is a good chance Canada won't be there. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canada might not compete at world figure skating championships – if they happen

Canada might not compete at world figure skating championships - if they happen

Most Read