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Vancouver Coastal Health, Tobacco Reduction and the Your Call Campaign have partnered with the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club to promote being healthy and tobacco-free! This tobacco prevention campaign is targeted at 15-19 year olds who are active and invites young people to make their own call on tobacco. So come on out to the ballgame!

dan arcilaWHO? You and your friends!

WHAT? Vancouver Canadians vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball game

WHEN? Monday, August 19, 2013 at 7:05pm

WHERE? Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3H4)

WHY? Because fresh air, fun interactive activities and supporting our local Canadians baseball team is a fantastic way to spend a summer evening with family and friends.

Come join the fun and spread the word about staying healthy and tobacco-free!!

The event was a success!

THANK YOU to everyone who came by the Vancouver Coastal Health booth and showed such great enthusiasm and support for the Your Call Campaign! It was an exciting game and the atmosphere was alive with energy as the Canadians commanded an impressive win 😉 Check out some great shots from the incredible evening!

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Tobacco use and Major League Baseball

baseball fieldSeveral sports venues and organizations have started to promote tobacco-free attitudes among their athletes to not only promote their well-being, but also to send a clear message to fans that tobacco use does not have a place in sports. Major League Baseball has (finally!) taken a stance around tobacco, specifically chew tobacco. Here’s a great article about their position.

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Hockey and tobacco

It seems that baseball players are not the only ones who use chew tobacco – hockey players have been known to use it as well. The harmful effects of chew tobacco have been recognized, for example by the athletic therapist for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes, who said that it “gets directly into your system. That’s just as alarming a rate as the actual tobacco smokers.” Although chew is prevalent in hockey, efforts were first made to promote smoking cessation among young athletes, most notably by NHL star Steve Larmer. Check out this great article about Larmer’s work on addressing tobacco use. For a more comprehensive look into the history of the NHL and smoking, Sports Illustrated did a nice piece here.

Resources for sports enthusiasts and athletes

If you love sports and would like to enjoy them without being exposed to tobacco, you’re not alone! There have been various initiatives to promote tobacco-free sports, both in Canada and around the world. For people who participate in team sports, this is particularly important since team members train and hang out together regularly. If one person on the team uses tobacco, the other members could easily be influenced or impacted. Check out these great resources that encourage tobacco-free sports and see if they could be applied to you: