Health Unit Applauds Georgian College's Plan To Go Smoke & Vape Free
Simcoe Muskoka’s Medical Officer of Health says that with the popularity of youth vaping skyrocketing, the decision by Georgian College to make all of its campuses smoke-and vape-free has important health consequences for the entire community.
Dr.Charles Gardner says “Young people risk becoming addicted to nicotine using e-cigarettes, many of which have nicotine concentration levels that are extremely high. Once addicted, evidence indicates many of these youth will move on to smoke cigarettes, the leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide,” he said.
A recent study shows Canadian vaping rates among 16 to 19-year-olds jumped 74 per cent from 2017 to 2018 to almost 15 per cent. Smoking rates increased an alarming 45 per cent during the same period, a turnaround from previous years when smoking rates were on the decline.
Dr. Gardner was at Georgian to present the school with a 2019 Smoke-Free Champion Award for becoming a 100 per cent Smoke-and-Vape-Free Campus at all seven sites. It joins approximately 75 campuses across Canada that have committed to clearing the air to protect students, staff and visitors from secondhand smoke.