Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tobacco war at Riverview


"No puffin at the Hospital" The following is an excerpt from the new no smoking regulations that allows the Governor to change the regulations as required.

" (3) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as contemplated in sections 2.1 to 2.3, and for the purposes of those sections the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as follows:

(a) defining a word or phrase;

(b) exempting persons or places, or parts of places, from all or part of those sections, with or without conditions;

(c) prescribing persons, including by class;

(d) prescribing places, including

(i) by class or use, and

(ii) a private place.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (3), different regulations may be made for different persons, places or things."

So I guess we have to lobby the Lieutenant Governor to tweak it.
My reply to the Hospitals: Smoke-free initiative "Feedback Form"


What has got lost in this debate is who the staff serve. CLIENTS

As a volunteer, who also has this disgusting habit, I am asked all the time for cigarettes. The volunteers will be placed under great pressure to acquire tobacco for the residents.

I do know that when I personally talk to the doctors and staff many of them acknowledge that tobacco is an adjunct to the medications, therapies that the patients receive. But they will not go on record by writing it down, fearing censure.

Many of the patients realize that tobacco is no good for them, but it does help mitigate some of the side effects of the medications that they receive.

The hospital is THEIR HOME, and as such they should be making the decisions, to sell or not to sell tobacco, or smoking or non-smoking.

A few of the 20 questions posed in the survey violate OUR countries rights and freedoms act.
#5 especially.
#6 If staff members want to buy tobacco for the residents on their own time that is their right.

#9 It is verging on cruel and unusual punishment to totally cut the locked-wards off.

#16 This has been going on for years with native tax-free cigarettes circulating around the site. By enforcing this new smoke-free proposal, we just give the drug dealers, another sideline.

Coffee-free initiative, next? Good luck

1 comment:

stopsmokinghabits said...

Tips to Quit Chewing Tobacco
Anyone who has ever tried to quit chewing knows that it is difficult. Doctors are saying that chewing tobacco is even more addictive than smoking. In fact, a person taking 8-10 "chews" a day receive as much nicotine in a day as to a person that smokes 30-40 cigarettes a day.

1. Decide you are going to stop. This is the first step in breaking any habit, and overcoming any addiction, and until you make up your mind to do it, you have little chance of success.
2. Remove the temptation. Chewing tobacco is not as easy to "bum" as are cigarettes and not having any on hand will make it easier to resist the urge.
3. Substitute bubble gum, hard candy, or beef jerky if the desire to have something in your mouth is overwhelming. This will do absolutely nothing for the nicotine craving (the chemical dependency), but it will act as a placebo for your desire to chew.
4. Take a day at a time. Since with most addictions, the first day is usually the hardest, it may help to substitute the nicotine in your tobacco with a nicotine patch or gum, but use this sparingly, and decrease the amount incrementally so that after a reasonable period, you will be completely free of the chemical dependency.
5. Keep yourself busy. Starting to quit this habit when you have a lot of idle time may be difficult, since the idea of having a chew is always right there. If you are involved in something which keeps your mind occupied, there will be less time thinking about what you are missing.
6. Give yourself a "pat on the back" for each milestone you pass. This can be defined as the first hour, day, and then week of tobacco free living.
7. Educate yourself on the dangers and effects of tobacco and the chemicals it contains. This should help you to make a firm and lasting decision on leaving this habit behind you, since the effects of tobacco on your teeth, gums, mouth, and health can be quite devastating.

Best regards


Save the Riverview Hospital lands

The Riverview Hospital lands, are under pressure to be developed into market housing. Help to save the lands as a healing sanctuary for the mentally ill of OUR Province.

Please join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society,( RHCS ) Facebook page. Twitter too!

Please sign the On-line petition or download a Word document petition ,which is a more official type of petition.
Blogs, about the hospital grounds
Mike Farnworth,MLA; Facebook forum " Protect the Riverview Lands"
And another Facebook group: Riverview Preservation Society
this group also has a petition to sign.

Click-able Map of the Riverview site

BISCO -- Brookside-Leeside-Roadside -- Centre Lawn -- Colony Farm
Crease Clinic -- East Lawn -- Essondale Hospital
Finnie's Garden -- Henry Esson Young -- Hillside unit
Home for the Aged-Valleyview -- North Lawn
Nurses homes -- Pennington Hall -- TreeFest -- West Lawn
John Davidson; "Botany John" blog. He was the first Provincial Botanist, who created British Columbia's first Botanical Garden at Riverview.
Other groups involved Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
Who also have a media NEWS Blog
You can also download a 42 page report titled, For the future of Riverview created by the Riverview Task Force.
Or Burke Mountain Naturalists, report: The Riverview Hospital Site, Respecting its Past,Realizing its Future
Coquitlam has designated the buildings and grounds, as a heritage site.
Download the Statement of Significance; SoS report PDF

Tour through the grounds

Paul Buikema, of Progress Landscaping, created this video.

Treefest 2011 slideshow

A slideshow of images from the Tree festival of 2011. Created in HD. Enjoy.

Riverview trees

Finnie's Garden -- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- Pond restoration slideshow

TreeFest -- slideshow