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QuitNow in the Community – Nancy Viney, Regional Nursing Lead: Tobacco Reduction for Northern Health

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screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-8-49-10-amAt QuitNow, we help British Columbians quit smoking, but we couldn’t do it all on our own. In fact, much of our success relies on community partners. One of these partners is Nancy Viney, who has dedicated the last eight years of her career to decreasing tobacco use and increasing smoke-free spaces in Northern British Columbia

As a registered nurse, Nancy has witnessed firsthand both the physical and financial consequences of smoking. “I would see low birth weights in babies, and impoverished families spending 700 dollars a month on their addiction,” she says. “After working in a sexual health clinic and noticing the high rates of smoking in young women, I knew I wanted to provide education that would prevent smoking wherever possible.”

 As the Regional Nursing Lead: Tobacco Reduction for the Northern Health Authority, Nancy is always looking for new ways to protect her community from the harmful effects of tobacco use. “We’ve recently updated our smoke-free grounds policy and are working on improving compliance,” Nancy says. “It gives me joy when I visit the hospital and don’t see anyone smoking outside.  We want to provide a supportive environment for everyone to avoid tobacco and tobacco smoke.”

Though Nancy’s work yields significant long-term progress, she can always count on QuitNow to provide immediate support for those who need it. “When I identify a tobacco user, it’s great to have a place to refer them that I know will have free, up-to-date resources and help them quit smoking,” she says. “Tobacco reduction needs to be a priority in our  communities and I hope to support more people to live tobacco free.”

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Tess Morgan

Tess Morgan is a Social Media & Community Engagement Consultant for the BC Lung Association QuitNow Team.

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One comment on “QuitNow in the Community – Nancy Viney, Regional Nursing Lead: Tobacco Reduction for Northern Health
  1. Michelle Taylor says:

    I have a question in regards to smoke free spaces in the community. Who enforces these spaces when they are abused by smokers? For example my daughter 10 year old daughter who had a double lung transplant over a year ago goes to our local hospital at least one month or more. There is a smoke free area clearly marked at the entrance of the building with a bench and covered area. Well this space often gets used by smokers especially during certain weather conditions. My daughter who has a chronic lung condition doesn’t have a choice but has to walk though the cloud of smoke to get into the hospital and we have to tell her to hold her breath. The last time this happened my husband confronted the person and basically asked if they knew they were smoking in a no – smoking area and they did. So who enforces these smoke – free spaces after they are put in place besides parents who are advocating for their child’s health?

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