Despite a reduced provincial smoking rate, there is still a need for improvement with smoking rates in the Northeast.
Julie Kerr, Director of Population Health for Northern Health, says smoking rates in the North are significantly higher than the remainder of the province.
According to the 2010 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, British Columbia has the lowest smoking rate nationally for the 12th year in a row at 14.3 per cent. However, in the Northeast, the average rate was recorded at 23.1 per cent, a significantly higher number than the provincial average.
Despite its higher-than-average rates, the North has seen improvements in its smoking rate, as last year the average rate was recorded at 33.1 per cent.
Ontario holds the country’s second-lowest rate with 15 per cent, while Saskatchewan has the highest at 21 per cent.
To help further reduce provincial smoking rates within B.C., the Province has announced PharmaCare coverage of prescription drugs designed to help smokers quit. The coverage covers 100 per cent of the amount for products such as nicotine gum or smoking patches.
The coverage program will begin September 30 and more details will be released in the upcoming weeks.
For more information on quitting smoking, visit the QuitNow official website.