Wellness Centre designated smoke free zone

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NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Wellness Centre Authority has announced that it has designated the entire Wellness Centre property as a smoke free zone. The new policy comes as the result of extensive community input and will be effective immediately.

"The Authority has given this issue very careful consideration,” said Warden Ron Baillie. “Citizens enjoying the centre, including many children and youth, have been bothered by and exposed to the second hand smoke that finds its way into the building as the doors open when there are smokers at the entrance of the building as well as smokers at other locations near the facility.”

In keeping with the values and purpose of the facility to encourage and facilitate healthy lifestyle choices, he said they have decided to take a leadership role in making the entire area smoke free.

“This decision was made in the best interest of our facility and is in keeping with its mandate,” he said. “It is a policy that will be enforced and we are very appreciative of the community's cooperation."

Organizations: Pictou County Wellness Centre Authority

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW

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  • A non smoker
    March 23, 2013 - 16:33

    Thou I am a Non Smoker I also realize that the NAZI nanny state actually takes more money in Tobacco products via taxes then they dispense out in Health Care needed for problems related to smoking . IF this was not so then there would be a Ban on the sale of Tobacco period and the police would be basically a tax collector for politcians . No Doubt some of the funding for this centre came from Taxes gained from Smokers. As to the littering stuff more particulate probably drifts onto peoples homes in Pictou County from Northern Pulp, Pioneer Coal and Nova Scotia power then you have cigarette butts on the ground. Then there are all the Non Smokers coming to the Wellness Centre in their polluting CARS to boot. Boy Non Smoking NAZIs are really self righteous and stupid. Unless you can actually prove that the sales or Tobacco did not get used to build public buildings then you indeed should have nothing to say considering this place is another example of Taxpayers subsidizing a small portion of the populations Hobbies. I don't smokers should be indoors but I also have a problem that they should not have a shelter to accommodate their past time outside every single publically funded building , Especially the ones serving Donuts, Coffee , French Fries Cheese burgers, Beer and other unhealthy products. Heck why not a sealed viewing room for smokers ? After all they indeed will pay for the Wellness Centre even if they don't step foot in it and they indeed sell their property.

  • laughable
    February 26, 2013 - 07:26

    yup, pop, chips and french fries are just as bad for you as smoking. More people die due to complications from obesity than they do smoking! Obesity is our number one health concern right now! Everyone up in arms that they smell 2nd hand smoke and trumpet their big mouths at the fact that smoking is stupid (it is) but it is no more stupid than sitting in the drive through at rotten ronnies for your next big mac!!!!!!!!!

  • bobby fore
    February 23, 2013 - 12:30

    well played wellness centre! i hope that does include in the cars as well. there should not be one cigarette butt on the premises. i too hate it when smokers throw their butts on the ground. charge them with littering. keep our children in a positive atmosphere. great decision.

  • Dusty
    February 23, 2013 - 08:09

    I think this great.....but I am sure you will still see smokers throwing butts on the ground as they get out of cars. Many, not all, but many smokers think it acceptable to just throw stinking still lit butts out a car window or on the ground outside a building.

  • I Lift Things Up and Put them Down
    February 23, 2013 - 07:32

    Oh i'm sure all the "Healthy" smokers are going to pitch a fit over this... silly people..

    • MB
      February 24, 2013 - 09:45

      Was there yesterday and someone smoking right at the no smoking sign.

  • clean air advocate
    February 22, 2013 - 21:52

    It is one thing to make a facility a smoke free zone and another thing to enforce it. Unless there are resources to insure compliance it is not worth the paper it is wrote on. We can only look at our local health care facilities to see that the policy falls short. The entry to the Aberdeen Hospital is to say the least is disgusting. The majority of our Long Term Care facilities permit staff to smoke in shacks or other make shift enclosures on their sites. There is no place for smoking in Healthcare or Wellness facilities.It is time for our leaders to insure that there is compliance to Acts, Regulations and Policies that promote Health & Wellness and protect people of every age from the dangers of second hand smoke.

  • CrusherFan
    February 22, 2013 - 20:53

    I think this is a great idea , after all this is a health & wellness centre....and as we know *smoking* is Not Healthy !! Enough said :)

    • Wellness Center Fan
      February 24, 2013 - 14:05

      in the "spirit" of Wellness... perhaps they should also look at at removing the french fries, potato chips, pop, cookies, etc. these are all know contributors to obesity.