Despite widespread knowledge about the health risks of smoking, students are still lighting up.
The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research has given Healthy Campus at Selkirk a grant to explore the cultures of smoking on campus.
Self Care Balanced with Policy
The purpose of this exploration is to seek insight into the factors and influences that shape smoking cultures beyond and within campus settings; to explore the most appropriate ways a campus community might reflect together on the diverse experience and perspectives among its members; to develop resources collectively to identified issues; and to increase control over and improve their own health.
It is also hoped that policies will be developed that support self-care in balance with policies that support mutual care. Focus groups will be held in the new year on the Tenth Street, Silver King and Castlegar Campuses to promote dialogue between people who smoke and people who do not smoke. Recommendations from these discussions will inform future policy decisions.