Summer = Baseball!

So far, summer 2017 has seen a-MAZ-ing weather and it looks like the trend of sunny days is set to continue. If you’re hunting for something to do other than hitting the beach, why not consider checking out a baseball game?

Come out to Nat Bailey Stadium to cheer on the Vancouver Canadians as they flex their muscles against the Spokane Indians on Wednesday, July 12 at 7:05pm. You’ll be in for a treat, as Vancouver Coastal Health will be on site to celebrate the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club being tobacco-free. Vancouver Coastal Health has enjoyed a long-term partnership with the Club and will be bringing giveaways and prizes to the event for you to win!

At this game, VCH is supporting The Dugout Club, a Not-For-Profit Society that helps to foster the growth and development of baseball enthusiasts, programs, and facilities in the Lower Mainland. It was founded in 2009 to help resurrect the Douglas College baseball program and has brought baseball into the Richmond Olympic Oval and Little League Baseball to the East Richmond Area. Check out their FREE “JUST PLAY BALL” program on Wednesday nights in Richmond at Watch for Club founder Serj Sangara who will be raising awareness about the organization and being tobacco-free at the game as well as throwing out the first pitch to kick things off!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and get ready to have a blast with an evening of fast-paced baseball and awesome freebies!

Freebies & Fun with the Powell River Kings

On February 4, 2017, Powell River’s fierce and friendly hockey team, the Powell River Kings, united again with Vancouver Coastal Health to deliver an evening of tobacco-free fun at their game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

At their home turf aka the Hap Parker Arena, events and free stuff were enjoyed by the crowd during each intermission. There was a hilarious race to chuck as many containers of chewing tobacco into garbage cans as possible (it’s harder to do than you’d think, especially with so many people watching!) The mascot came rink-side to shoot prizes into the crowd, and there was also a draw to win even bigger prizes for those cool people who came by the Vancouver Coastal Health booth 😉

After the game, the Kings’s Tobacco-Free Ambassadors stopped by the booth to sign posters for a crowd of eager fans. Talk about dedication – these guys took the time to make sure their fans didn’t go home empty-handed even after a tough game.

Check back here to find out about other tobacco-free events happening with your favourite sports teams!

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Exciting Mountain Update!

As of this ski/snowboard season, our world-famous mountains are officially all smoke-free!! That’s right – both Seymour and Cypress joined Grouse and Whistler this year in their commitment to providing an 100% smoke-free environment for everyone to enjoy. And that means no e-cigarettes and marijuana either. All of this comes just in time for 2017’s National Non-Smoking Week, which is happening from January 15 to 21. So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and your friends and get yourselves up one of our mountains to take in the fresh air! 😀

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What’s your call on tobacco?

Guess what?

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Yes, it’s official! Amid the Rio Olympics fever, let’s not forget about our local Vancouver Canadians and their exciting announcement that they are tobacco free. This is a big deal for a sport like baseball. Why? The Canadians’ commitment to being tobacco free includes chew tobacco, which has been a part of baseball for so long. And not just that…Nat Bailey Stadium, home to the Canadians, is also tobacco free! This news update follows the example of star baseball teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and stadium greats such as Boston’s Fenway Park. Check out this video to find out who else has committed to getting tobacco out of ballparks:


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So what does this mean for you? Come out to support your Vancouver Canadians at their upcoming game and celebrate their commitment to being tobacco free! Details below:

Who: You!

What: Vancouver Canadians home game (vs. Everett)

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 7:05pm

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium (4575 Clancy Loranger Way)

Why: To cheer on your Vancouver Canadians after their long road trip and support them in going tobacco free!

  • AND this is a special game because you’ll have a chance to get some awesome freebies from Vancouver Coastal Health that will get you ready for more summer and sun (think water bottles and sunglasses!)
  • ALSO, there will be special guests in the audience. Vancouver Coastal Health has invited Syrian refugees to the game so they can experience the thrill of watching the Canadians compete and be encouraged to be tobacco free themselves. Come give them a warm Canadian welcome and watch for them during the ceremonial first pitch!

What’s your excuse not to show up? 😉 See you there!

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It’s that time of year again for National Non-Smoking Week!

Every January, cities across Canada participate in National Non-Smoking Week and Vancouver is definitely no exception. This year, National Non-Smoking Week runs from January 18 to 24 so keep your eyes and ears open for interesting tidbits related to the campaign!

There are a few timely messages at the top of the non-smoking agenda, particularly e-cigarettes, flavoured cigarettes, and smoking in movies. Read on to find out what the issues are…

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Whistler Event Photos

Spring has definitely arrived! If you feel that your winter mountain sport was taken from you prematurely, then feast your eyes on the images below. The photos where taken at our event at the Roundhouse on Whistler. One lucky girl won a lesson with Ashleigh McIvor! There was sun. There was snow. It was as though mother nature herself wanted to celebrate a smoke free roundhouse patio.

Big thanks to Ashleigh McIvor, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist in Ski Cross and all around great person. Memories were created.

Video from the Powell River Kings game

We have a couple of videos from the Powell River Kings game. Matt Scarth was on hand to sign posters and chat. He and his fans make some good points on why they made the call to not use tobacco.

Our favourite moment is when we asked why he chooses to be tobacco free; he tells us how it’s helped him to be in the plays and situations he loves best. You can tell he loves the game.

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Your Call has been invited by…the Vancouver Canucks!!

Exciting news – the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Organization has invited Your Call to be a part of game night on March 23! Come show your face at Rogers Arena when doors open at 5pm, or whenever you can get there. We will be at the Community Corner in the concourse until 8-8:30pm.

Why this is a big deal

The Your Call Campaign is being featured at this game to introduce all Canucks fans (including you!) to its purpose of encouraging young people to get the facts about tobacco and make their own informed decision about it. That’s right – the organization behind the Canucks wants YOU to find out more about the campaign. They are even going to do a short interview with the campaign team, so come out to the game and watch for that on the jumbotron!

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that there will be lots of cool freebies available for you like hockey towels and sunglasses, on top of great resources for smoking cessation. If you’re feeling lucky, come by to enter the draw for awesome prizes!

You do not want to miss out on this event!!

Ashleigh is back! The Roundhouse on Whistler. March 21. Be there.

Ashleigh McIvor, the 2010 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist in Ski Cross, is a busy gal. Skiing all that powder is a tough job, but somebody has got to do it! All kidding aside, we’re glad Ashleigh has found the time to hang out with us. Join us in the Roundhouse on Whistler, 11:30am – 1:30pm. We have something to celebrate. That means we have prizes to give away.

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Vancouver Giants in Action!

Your Vancouver Giants will be playing what’s bound to be an exciting game on Friday, March 14 at the Pacific Coliseum (7:30 – 10:30pm) so come out to support them and learn more about their involvement with the Your Call Campaign! Athlete Ambassador Mason Geertsen will be delivering a message about the campaign, including an invitation to you to make your own call about tobacco use. You may have seen him featured on rink boards around town, but if not then you can be on the lookout for some of those now!

More reasons to come out to this game:

  • FREE hockey towels will be given away
  • FREE QuitNow and other cessation resources will be available
  • FREE posters of Mason Geertsen will be given out
  • You can enter a draw for great prizes!