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QGH implements tobacco and smoke-free program

17 June 2016

Public Service Announcement

QGH implements tobacco and smoke-free program

The Qikiqtani General Hospital (QGH) is implementing a smoke-free program on June 30, 2016, to support the Department of Health’s tobacco reduction program. The public is invited to the program launch on June 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

All clients, staff and visitors who smoke or use tobacco products will need to use one of the two designated areas at QGH. These products include cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco (snuff), pipe tobacco and e-cigarettes.

The initiative is part of a commitment to provide a healthy and safe environment while reducing second-hand smoke exposure.

QGH will offer nicotine replacement and counselling to all patients and staff, to support tobacco cessation.

For more information about quitting tobacco, contact your health provider. You can also visit www.nuquits.ca, email quithelp@gov.nu.ca, call the Nunavut QuitLine at 1-800-368-7848 or check the Tobacco Has No Place Here Facebook page.

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NOTE: A map identifying the designated smoking areas is attached.

Media Contact:

Ron Wassink
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5710
rwassink@gov.nu.ca