- September 30, 2016
Big Tobacco responds to proposed plain packaging legislationAn interesting article on Big Tobacco’s take on the proposed plain packaging legislation. Be sure to check out the link provided to the associated advertising campaign website. Interesting to say the least. Read the article.
- June 30, 2016
Closed for Canada DayAmira is closed Friday, July 1 for Canada Day. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.
- May 31, 2016
World No Tobacco DayToday, May 31, 2016 is World No Tobacco Day. To mark the occasion Health Minister Jane Philpott will make an announcement regarding plain packaging for tobacco products. Learn more...
- February 16, 2016
Are e-cigarettes better for health than smoking?Is swapping cigarette puffing for vapour huffing better for health? Researchers are finding unexpected health effects unique to e-cig use. Read more.
- February 2, 2016
eCigarettes - Reduction aid or gateway to smoking?A recent study found that teens who try e-cigarettes may be twice as likely to progress to regular cigarettes. Read more.
- January 19, 2016
It's National Non-Smoking week in CanadaIt's National Non-Smoking Week in Canada - January 17 to 23, 2016. Check out this interactive map for quit smoking services and programs in your area.
- January 4, 2016
NRT products direct from your local pharmacy in BCAs of January 01, 2016 you no longer need to call 811 to gain access to free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products in BC. Simply walk into your local pharmacy and enroll. Find out more.
- December 15, 2015
Closed for the HolidaysSeasons Greetings! Amira Health will be closed for the holidays from December 24 to January 1. We will re-open January 4.
- June 30, 2015
Closed for Canada DayWe are closed Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day. Have a great holiday!
- June 1, 2015
$15 billion in damages owed by three tobacco companiesThree tobacco companies ordered to pay $15 billion in damages after losing a historic class-action lawsuit. Read more on CBC.ca.
- May 31, 2015
Nova Scotia bans flavoured tobacco salesNova Scotia is the first jurisdiction in the world to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Read more on CBC.ca.
- May 15, 2015
Closed for Victoria DayWe are closed Monday, May 18 for Victoria Day. Have a great long weekend.
- May 15, 2015
Whistler Blackcomb Going Smoke-Free
Effective May 31, 2015 smoking of any kind (tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes and vaporizers) is prohibited anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property.
- April 21, 2015
Mobilegeddon is upon us - Amira is readyGoogle launched a new search algorithm today to favour mobile-friendly websites. Amira sites are responsive and receive an "awesome" status from Google's mobile-friendly test.
- April 2, 2015
Closed for Good FridayWe are closed Friday April 3 for Good Friday.
- March 10, 2015
BC Lung Association applauds BC government
The BC Lung Association applauds BC Government's leadership on issue of e-cigarettes.
- March 6, 2015
Own your health
"Given the rising rates of chronic diseases and the impact that lifestyle choices have on these diseases, active participation of patients in setting their own health goals and management plans is more relevant than ever before."
- February 8, 2015
Closed for Family DayWe are closed Monday, February 9, 2015 for Family Day.
- January 19, 2015
National Non-Smoking Week - Jan 18 - 24Smoking continues to be the leading cause of premature death in Canada with more than 37,000 deaths each year. The CCTC (Canadian Council for Tobacco Control) estimates the total economic costs are greater than $17 billion per year.
Amira’s online tools have been used by tens of thousands of smokers as part of the programs offered in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.
- December 8, 2014
Closed for the HolidaysAmira will be closed from December 24 to January 1 for the holiday season. We will re-open January 2, 2015. We wish you a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.
- November 10, 2014
Closed for Remembrance DayWe are closed Tuesday, November 11 for Remembrance Day. For more information on this important day visit http://www.veterans.gc.ca/.
- October 17, 2014
Retailers oppose ban on cigarette sales in BC pharmaciesBC is the only province in Canada where you can buy cigarettes in the same store in which a pharmacy operates. What do you think? Should tobacco products be sold in BC pharmacies? Learn more
- October 10, 2014
Closed for ThanksgivingWe are closed Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving. Have a great long weekend!
- September 25, 2014
Shellshock Bug UpdateAmira servers are patched against the Shellshock Bug / Bash Vulnerability.
- August 29, 2014
Closed for Labour DayWe are closed Monday, September 1 for Labour Day. Have a great long weekend!
- July 31, 2014
Closed for BC DayAmira is closed Monday, August 4 for BC Day - Have a great day!
- June 30, 2014
Closed for Canada DayAmira Health is closed Tuesday, July 1 for Canada Day. Have a great day!
- May 31, 2014
World No Tobacco DayHealth Minister Terry Lake has issued the following statement: "Tobacco use is a serious addiction. Each year, more than 6,000 British Columbians die from the effects of tobacco. It is the single most-preventable cause of disease and death in British Columbia."
- May 16, 2014
Closed for Victoria DayAmira Health is closed Monday, May 19, 2014 for Victoria Day. Have a great long weekend!
- May 8, 2014
- April 17, 2014
Closed for Good FridayAmira is closed Friday, April 18, 2014 for Good Friday. Have a great long weekend!
- April 9, 2014
Heartbleed Bug UpdateAmira servers are patched against the Heartbleed bug. For more information on the Heartbleed bug visit www.heartbleed.com.
- March 18, 2014
AlbertaQuits relaunchesToday we relaunched AlbertaQuits.ca on the Amira Health Platform. Smokers looking to quit or remain smoke-free have access to great services and tools, including My Quit Centre. The site is also mobile-friendly with responsive design. Context helped manage the rollout and provided expert content and resources.
- February 7, 2014
Closed for Family DayAmira Health is closed Monday, February 10, 2014 for Family Day. Have a great long weekend.
- January 24, 2014
QuitPath.ca launchToday we launched quitpath.ca on the Amira Health Platform. This service will help Yukoners quit smoking and remain smoke free. The service offers an online and text program as well as phone service through the Canadian Cancer Society. Context helped manage the rollout and provided expert content and resources.
- December 3, 2013
Holiday Season HoursAmira offices will be closed from December 24 to January 1 for the holiday season. We will re-open January 2, 2014. In case of service interruption please call our toll free number at 1 888 232 0023 and select '9' to page the emergency contact.
- November 19, 2013
Amira attending Tobacco or Health ConferenceAmira is excited to be attending the 8th Annual Conference For Tobacco or Health in Ottawa, Canada next week.
- September 17, 2013
QuitNow goes responsiveWe are pleased to announce that QuitNow is now fully optimized for mobile devices. Responsive web design is an approach to web design in which the site is programmed to provide the optimal viewing experience based on the device in use.
- August 27, 2013
Amira SEO audit changes completed for AlbertaQuitsAlbertaQuits recently underwent an external SEO audit. The audit demonstrated that the site was doing very well, and the results are helping us stay on course.
- May 31, 2013
QuitNow gets an overhaulToday QuitNow introduced a fresh new design and a wealth of new member features, including a totally revamped "My Quit Centre" which bundles together all notifications, profile information, quit plan information, service options, forum topics, opinion polls, upcoming events and more.
- March 19, 2013
ManitobaQuits launches a new brand and 2013 contestManitobaQuits just launched an updated website showcasing their new brand. The update comes just in time for their 2013 Contest launch next week! The annual Quit Contest runs from March 25 to April 30 and there are many great prizes to be won!
- January 31, 2013
This week is National non-smoking week"Live, Work, Play... Even Better Smoke Free." This is the theme for the 2013 National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) running this week (Jan 20 to 26). NNSW was established in 1977 with the hopes of helping people to quit smoking and to prevent others from starting.
- January 17, 2013
Yukon Tobacco Free Tuesdays site launchesSmokers in the Yukon can now engage in the Tobacco Free Tuesdays contest to quit smoking! The online contest site launched today and is accepting entries. Quit and win!
- December 14, 2012
AlbertaQuits website launchesCongratulations to the Alberta Health Services in the launch of the AlbertaQuits.ca. Here people can get help to quit smoking and remain tobacco-free with access to online tools, phone and text support, and groups and forums.
- October 16, 2012
- July 11, 2012
Amira attends usability workshopAmira recently attended a fantastic two-day usability workshop for the QuitNow website. This workshop focused on user experience and information architecture to provide insight into how others see and use the website.
- June 26, 2012
- April 3, 2012
New Text Program Launches for QuitNowQuitNow members can now get text support to help stop smoking. The Amira text program is a personalized three-month service delivering motivational tips directly to a user’s cell phone. Members can join online or by shortcode. The program delivers date and keyword based messages and is easily managed.
- April 2, 2012
QuitNow launches an updated websiteQuitNow launched a new rendition of its website today. This included a redesign and site architecture and improved online members services, live chat and forums.
- April 1, 2011
ManitobaQuits website launchesCongratulations to the Manitoba Lung Association in the launch of ManitobaQuits. This site will run an annual Quit Contest and provide many tools and support resources for people who want to stop smoking and live tobacco-free.