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Changing policy for healthy futures

For a number of years, Kerrie Luck (doctoral candidate) has studied the impact of smoking and the addictive hold it has on so many. Now, working with Saint John cardiologist and alumnus, Dr. Robert Stevenson (BSc ’98), the UNB PhD candidate is making significant inroads in the development of public policy. Thanks in part to the leadership of Kerrie and Dr. Stevenson, co-chairs of Smoke Free Horizon, all hospital properties in Horizon Health will be going smoke-free.

Starting with the Saint John Regional Hospital on Sept. 29, it is a move that will promote a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and employees.

“Quitting smoking is the most impactful thing people can do for their health, these kinds of policies will not only protect everyone from second-hand smoke,but will support individuals trying to quit,” she said.

At UNB Saint John, Kerrie is enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Interdisciplinary Studies with interests in inter-professional collaboration in tobacco reduction programs. With help from donors, the Moncton native is harnessing her education and work experience to build a better New Brunswick.

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