IHA to recognize smoke-free champs

Interior Health to honour those who campaign for a smoke-free environment

If you know someone who has played a significant role in promoting tobacco free living, why not give them a pat on the back and nominate them for a smoke-free champions for change award?

These Interior Health Authority awards honour people who have made a difference in the lives of others by promoting smoke-free spaces, helping people quit smoking and preventing people from starting to smoke.

“A smoke-free champion for change is someone who goes beyond their regular everyday work to reduce tobacco use and its harmful effects in their community,” said Trish Hill, senior tobacco reduction co-ordinator.

“Champions show leadership and commitment, and their work often plays an important role in influencing people to change their use of tobacco.”

Nominations close April 13.

“These awards are not only about recognizing the great work that is being done to promote tobacco reduction,” said Hill.

“They are also about sharing ideas and inspiring others to take action.”

Nomination forms are available at www.interiorhealth.ca – just look for the smoke free champions link or use the search engine.

Forms can be submitted online, by fax to 250-505-7211 or by mail to Smoke Free Champions for Change, Nelson Health Unit, 2nd Floor, 333 Victoria St., Nelson B.C. V1L 4K3.

Six champions will be announced and awarded $50 gift certificates on World No Tobacco Day, May 31. Those who nominated the selected champions will also be eligible for a prize.