HEALTH PROMOTION -More Support for Nova Scotians to Quit Smoking In addition to the workplace program and expanded website, thepublic awareness campaign also includes a number of otherinitiatives — television ads, print ads, and a high schoolprogram — that will help ensure the tobacco reduction messagereaches communities across the province. “It’s the combination of messages delivered through various formsthat will give Nova Scotians the information they need to decideto quit smoking,” said Ms. Hoddinott. Nova Scotia’s Tobacco Control Strategy, introduced in October2001, is a seven-part plan that focuses on legislation andpolicy, tobacco pricing and taxation, treatment and cessation,monitoring and evaluation, community initiatives, school-basedprograms and public awareness. Nova Scotians will now have two more resources to help them makethe decision to quit smoking. Today, March 15, the Office ofHealth Promotion launched a Sick of Smoke workplace program andunveiled an updated anti-smoking website, www.sickofsmoke.com .The workplace program and website are two components of thecomprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy. “We are committed to our strategy to help Nova Scotians livehealthier, smoke-free lives,” said Health Promotion MinisterRodney MacDonald. “This workplace program and the new website aretwo additional pieces of the overall strategy that will helpraise awareness of the help that is available to quit smoking sowe can continue the downward trend of smoking in this province.” The workplace program will help employers throughout Nova Scotiamake their workplace a smoke-free environment and improve localbusiness. Smoking costs the Nova Scotian economy $396 millionannually in productivity losses due to premature death andabsenteeism. Unscheduled smoke breaks costs Nova Scotia employers$208 million a year in lost wages. If Nova Scotians reduced theirunscheduled smoke breaks by half, they would contribute $6.2million worth of productive hours per year to the economy. The program outlines how small steps by employers can result inhuge benefits. It suggests presenting facts about smoking andoffering resources and programs to support employees who wouldlike to stop smoking. Local tobacco control co-ordinators willpromote the workplace program and supports its implementationwithin their communities. Valerie Payne is president of the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber ofCommerce. She said that the Sick of Smoke Workplace Program is asimple, effective document that can help chamber members and allbusinesses begin down the road towards healthy employees and ahealthy bottom line. “The chamber is pleased to see the province taking such apositive step in the fight against smoking in Nova Scotianworkplaces,” said Ms. Payne. “For the last three years thechamber has worked to raise awareness about the benefits – bothfrom a health and monetary perspective – that wellness in theworkplace will bring to our members.” While the workplace program targets Nova Scotia businesses, anupdated anti-smoking website also reaches out to the province’syouth. In addition to information on the tobacco industry and thehazards of smoking, sickofsmoke.com now includes an onlinenewsletter, a bulletin board that allows people to share thoughtsand opinions on smoking, e-cards to send to others and the newanti-smoking television ads now airing across the province. “The Internet is a great medium for reaching our target audience – young adults,” said Nancy Hoddinott, tobacco strategy manager.”The information on sickofsmoke.com is helping Nova Scotia’syouth make informed decisions about smoking by presenting themwith hard facts.”
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson scored the game-winner in overtime against Calgary on Nov. 22 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (15-7-1, 31 points) are riding a six-game winning streak through 23 games and are positioned one point behind the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Metropolitan division.The Blue Jackets battled in the first two games of the week to come away with one-goal victories, but dominated the Ottawa Senators Friday to wrap up the week.Here are a few storylines from the eighth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense pick up without star productionSo far, the power play has been abysmal. It hasn’t been in double-digit percentage since Oct. 14, which has been the difference in turning the offense into a dominant force it could be. The expected offensive presence of forwards Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky has not been consistent, either.Yet, Columbus scored eight goals this week from seven different players, many of which aren’t the average contributors.Defenseman Markus Nutivaara scored a go-ahead goal Friday against Ottawa and rookie center Pierre Luc-Dubois put the Blue Jackets on the board with his third of the year against Buffalo Nov. 20.Josh Anderson has continued his steady offensive production, scoring his team-leading eighth goal in overtime in a 1-0 win against Calgary. Atkinson scored twice and Foligno scored once against Ottawa for their first goals since Oct. 27 and Oct. 25, respectively. Head coach John Tortorella will need more of that production from his top-six forwards.Bobrovsky is still the best goaltender in the NHLGoaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s statistics are always listed in this rundown, but his play during the win streak has been nothing short of remarkable. He ranks second in the league in wins and first in save percentage, goals against average and tied with three shutouts. Not impressed? During the team’s six-game win streak, Bobrovsky has allowed four combined goals in his four wins with a .966 save percentage.The penalty kill has been a major help to Bobrovsky, and the defense has improved in the past week with its ability to limit quality scoring chances. When those were deficiencies, however, No. 72 was a one-man defense and he’s beginning to be rewarded for it.There’s plenty of the season left, but Bobrovsky is the early favorite for the first back-to-back Vezina Trophy winner since Martin Brodeur in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season. Lukas Sedlak solid in returnThe Blue Jackets returned one of their best penalty-killers from an ankle injury this week in Lukas Sedlak. The team was in dire need of depth at center, so Sedlak’s return was welcomed, even if he’s not a prolific offensive player.In two games, the Czech skater tallied one assist in 9:24 of average ice time, but his impact was felt most in the penalty kill, which was a perfect 4-for-4 in his two games.The third line of Sedlak, Tyler Motte and Jordan Schroeder has provided Tortorella with a productive forecheck and active sticks in the defensive end that keeps the opposition’s chances to a minimum.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert remains on injured reserve since Nov. 6. Calvert was initially given a three-to-four week window of recovering from his upper-body injury.Alexander Wennberg has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadMontreal star goaltender Carey Price is back in net for the Canadiens after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. His first game back, against Buffalo on Nov. 25, was a shutout. The Blue Jackets will face three of the league’s worst power plays — Montreal, Carolina and Anaheim. But if there’s one game to watch this week, it will be Saturday on the road against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.Top performers (skaters)Cam Atkinson – two goals (6), one assist (3), three points (9), +4Markus Nutivaara – one goal (1), two assists (8), three points (9), +3Josh Anderson – one goal (8), one assist (4), two points (12)Oliver Bjorkstrand – two assists (9), two points (14), +1Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 3-0-0 (14-4-1), 1.32 goals allowed average (1.91), 76 saves, .950 save percentage (.936)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 23-34, 40.4, 20-27, 1-0, 2-7 Nick Foligno – 19-27, 41.3, 13-25, 4-2, 3-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 10-19, 34.5, 10-19, 0-0, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 7-8, 46.7, 6-8, 1-0, 0-0Overall: 46.4 percent, ranked 31stSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-1 at Buffalo; 0-for-2 vs. Calgary; 0-for-2 vs. OttawaOverall: 6-for-62 (9.7 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 3-for-3 at Buffalo; 1-for-1 vs. Calgary; 3-for-3 vs. OttawaOverall: 49-for-58 (84.5 percent), ranked tied-fourthUp next:11/27 – at Montreal (9-12-3)11/28 – vs. Carolina (10-8-4)12/1 – vs. Anaheim (10-9-4)12/2 – at Washington (14-10-1)
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