Did you know that, as of 2009, the rate of people identified as smokers in Medicine Hat was 56.2 above the national average?
It’s a shocking situation, one of several identified in a new series of video vignettes aimed at raising public awareness, created by the Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta and local television station CHAT-TV.
Part of the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs initiatives, the first video in the City Shape Up series also points out that flavoured spit tobacco is being used in huge numbers by youth. And that 40 per cent of those products sold in Canada are purchased in Alberta.
It’s a thought-provoking and well-made series that also focuses on other health topics, including different aspects of smoking, as well as the importance of healthy breakfasts.
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