Residents breathing easier thanks to efforts of local champions
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit selects Waypoint as smoke-free champion
Posted on 06/24/2019
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit selects Waypoint as smoke-free champion

The behind-the-scenes work being done by local public health staff in partnership with community leaders, organizations and healthcare settings to create smoke-free, vapour-free communities continues to show tremendous progress that will have important health impacts. 

To celebrate the advancements made by community
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit presented Waypoint with a Smoke Free Champion award 
Left to right it was: Mac Snider, 4th year RN Student, Nippissing;
 Cindy Baker-Barill, Program Manager Central East Tobacco Control,
 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; Benton Gordon Waypoint
 Smoking Cessation Coordinator; and Michelle Forget Program
 Director Acute Assessment Program and Sans Souci Program for
 Transition and Recovery
partners the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has recognized five healthcare organizations that are implementing the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, two condominium corporations that are going smoke free to protect owners and tenants from secondhand smoke, and our region’s largest post-secondary partner that has made all of its campuses smoke and vape free to encourage young adults to stay or become smoke and vape free.

“Programs that encourage and support quitting and policies that prevent youth from becoming addicted to smoking and vaping are extremely important for our communities,” says Dr. Charles Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka’s medical officer of health and head of the health unit. 

The winners of the 2019 Smoke-Free Champion awards are: Georgian College, North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, North Simcoe Family Health Team, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Georgian Bay General Hospital, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Granite Springs Condominiums, Muskoka Falls Condominium Corp.

Waypoint adopted a smoke-free grounds policy 15 years before it was mandated by the province and we continue to be a smoke-free champion. Waypoint has now committed to implementing the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation at our hospital. This model supports patients and staff to break their nicotine addiction while at the hospital, and to remain smoke free when they leave.

By providing consistent identification, documentation, treatment, and follow-up of all patients or clients who smoke, the results will be more quit attempts and, ultimately, more people becoming smoke free.

To ensure a smooth implementation of the evidence based model, Waypoint has an education day planned with the doctor who was instrumental in the development of the widely adopted model. In the spirit of community and healthcare partnerships, we have also invited area hospitals to share in the learning opportunity which will benefit residents in Simcoe County by ensuring timely and multiple opportunities for people who smoke to receive encouragement and support to become and stay smoke free.