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Get Involved! You Can Make A Difference to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use in Alberta.
Working to create healthy public policies is not a process for the faint-hearted. It requires commitment, dedication and the energy and enthusiasm of many. Public health champions come in all forms; public health practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, community groups, local citizens and elected officials influence and advocate for healthy public policies to promote healthy eating and active living and reduce harms from alcohol and tobacco use.
As an organizational member of Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta (CSFA), we are urging our APCCP members and supporters to become involved with CSFA's Vote for Health initiative this summer.
Vote for Health offers several ways you or your organization can engage the leadership candidates of the Alberta Liberal and the Progressive Conservatives parties and encourage their support for several measures to prevent tobacco use among youth. See below for some ideas on how to get started.
This month CSFA invited the 2011 Liberal and PC Party Leadership Candidates to complete an online survey to assess their support for various tobacco control measures. Leadership candidates are being encouraged to support the following six actions to reduce tobacco use among Alberta youth:
1. Smoke Free Vehicles Carrying Children
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2. Banning Flavoured Tobacco Products
3. Reducing Tobacco Sales to Minors
4. Reducing Tobacco Affordability to Youth
5. Holding the Tobacco Industry Accountable
6. Investing in Tobacco Reduction
Do you want to get involved? Here are some ways you can take action over the summer:
- Attend an all-candidates forum
- Write a letter or e-mail
- Make a phone call
- Prepare for door-to-door canvassing
- Ask questions on Candidates' websites and social media sites
You can find more tips for connecting with candidates on the Take Action section of the Vote for Health website.
Momentum for Smoke - Free Spaces Gaining Speed in the Media
In our last newsletter, we highlighted a presentation made by the APCCP and other members of CSFA during a City of Edmonton Committee Meeting to encourage action to ban smoking in public parks and playgrounds. In follow up, several letters from CSFA members and the APCCP have appeared in Alberta newspapers to clarify the evidence -based rationale for this policy, congratulate municipalities who are leading action on this issue, and encourage others to do the same. Did you miss these letters? We've included them here for you to check out.
A letter from Les Hagen, Executive Director of Action on Smoking & Health in the Edmonton Journal
Letters from APCCP Co-Director, Dr. Candace Nykiforuk in the Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Medicine Hat News