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You and Your Health Guide

A new booklet from the BC Women's Health Bureau puts a wealth of women's health information under one cover.

You and Your Health (A Woman's Handbook) focuses on preventing, identifying and managing common women's health concerns and will be widely available in places where women seek preventative health services in British Columbia.

It is also available on-line at:

Women's Health Bureau BC Ministry of Health 5-1 1515 Blanshard Street Victoria BC V8W 3C8

Tel: (250) 952-2237 Fax: (250) 952-2799

Women more vulnerable to the effects of tobacco

There is some evidence to suggest that women suffer more from the effects of tobacco than men do. This difference may be due to the nature of our lungs. Women's lungs are smaller than men's, perhaps making women more vulnerable to tobacco's harmful effects. Tobacco use by women is on the rise and women have a 50% greater risk of developing asthma and other respiratory problems than their male counterparts. According to researchers in Norway, women's smaller lungs mean they are exposed to higher concentrations of toxic fumes.

Order a CWHN T-shirt

In beautiful colours, the Canadian Women's Health Network's t-shirt comes in sizes M, L, XL & XXL. White with full-colour image. Only $20 (plus 5$ for shipping). For a full-colour image of the shirt, log onto

Orders: Credit card: 1-888-818-9172
E-mail: (send your name and address and you will be invoiced)
Mail: send $20 plus $5 for shipping (taxes are included) to

203-419 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3C 0M3

Women and Heart Diseases and Stroke

The Advisory Board of the First International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke calls for more resources in the prevention and management of heart diseases and stroke among women.

The 2000 Victoria Declaration on Women, Heart Diseases and Stroke points out that heart diseases and stroke are the leading cause of death among women in the developed world, and are fast approaching the same status in the developing world.

The declaration notes that because gender inequity, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and lack of access to health services influence women's health, these areas must be addressed towards preventing and managing heart disease.

The full declaration is available on The Canadian Women's Health Network's web site at: