Reducing the number of people who smoke has positive health, social, environmental, and financial implications. The majority of smokers want to quit and are looking for helpful tools. Though fewer youth are smoking, too many are still starting. While many programs have successfully reduced smoking rates, it remains important to protect all people from second-hand smoke. One of the most effective ways to keep children and youth from starting to smoke is to provide them with smoke-free environments where they live, play, and go to school.
While many people safely enjoy drinking alcohol as part of their recreation and leisure activities, alcohol consumption can negatively affect the health and well-being of communities. Many organizations are working together on an international, national, provincial, and local level to try to reduce the harm caused by hazardous drinking.
Food security at the community level is when all citizens obtain a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes healthy choices, community self-reliance, and equal access for everyone.
Healthy communities are active communities where everyone has access to parks and recreation opportunities that support physical activity. Today, local governments can start building the conditions that support all British Columbians to lead healthier, more active lives.