Miramichi Regional Health Authority celebrates National Non-smoking Week

The Miramichi Regional Health Authority (MRHA) will be holding an information display during National Non-Smoking Week, January 21-27 in the main lobby of the Miramichi Regional Hospital. The display will contain information about the benefits of quitting smoking, available resources for people to help them quit and information about its upcoming smoke free property policy to be implemented on May 1.

The display will also include the winners and several entries of the health authority’s children’s poster contest. Schools within the communities served by the Miramichi Regional Health Authority participated in the poster contest with over 260 entries received. The winners were: Nick Honeywell (Grade 3) Nelson Rural School, Desirae Augustine (Grade 5) Metepenagiag School, Kaitlyn Morris, Krista Morris & Janick Manuel (combined effort) (Grade 8) Carrefour Beausoleil and Germain Martin (Grade 11) École Regionale de Baie Ste-Anne. All winners won $30 Empire Theatre Certificates.

Beginning May 1, all MRHA properties including the inside of vehicles parked on the property will be smoke free. “This policy supports the health authority’s vision of healthier people and healthier communities and will provide a safe environment for both staff and patients,” says Stacy McFarlane, education nurse and smoke free properties coordinator. She says that patients will be offered support through nicotine replacement therapy and patient education during their hospital stay and smoking cessation programs are available to staff. “On May 1 we will join other health authorities in New Brunswick and across Canada by demonstrating our commitment to health promotion and disease prevention.”

Germain Martin (Grade 11) École Regionale de Baie Ste-Anne

Kaitlyn Morris, Krista Morris & Janick Manuel (combined effort) (Grade 8) Carrefour Beausoleil

Desirae Augustine (grade 5) Metepenagiag School

Nick Honeywell (grade3) Nelson Rusal School

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