• December 21, 2018

    Closed for the holidays

    Seasons Greetings. Amira will be closed from December 24 to January 1 for the holiday season. We will re-open January 2, 2019. In case of a service interruption please call us toll free at 1 888 232 0023 and select '9' to page the emergency contact.
  • November 20, 2018

    Health Canada to review tobacco strategy as smoking rate spikes

    According to a recent Statistics Canada survey the number of Canadian smokers aged 25 and up hit 16 per cent of the population in 2017, up from 13 per cent two years earlier. See the full article.
  • August 22, 2017

    BC Ferries going smoke free

    As of January 22, 2018 BC Ferries will no longer allow smoking on any of its vessels. New government regulations require a no-smoking buffer of six meters around any doorway, intake or open window. The policy will apply to tobacco, marijuana and e-cigarettes. Read the full story.
  • September 30, 2016

    Big Tobacco responds to proposed plain packaging legislation

    An 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 Day

    Amira is closed Friday, July 1 for Canada Day. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.
  • May 31, 2016

    World No Tobacco Day

    Today, 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 Canada

    It'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 BC

    As 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 Holidays

    Seasons 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 Day

    We are closed Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day. Have a great holiday!
  • June 1, 2015

    $15 billion in damages owed by three tobacco companies

    Three 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 sales

    Nova 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 Day

    We 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.

    Learn more

  • April 21, 2015

    Mobilegeddon is upon us - Amira is ready

    Google 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 Friday

    We 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.

    Read the full news release

  • 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."

    Conference Board of Canada, March 2015

  • February 8, 2015

    Closed for Family Day

    We are closed Monday, February 9, 2015 for Family Day.
  • January 19, 2015

    National Non-Smoking Week - Jan 18 - 24

    Smoking 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 Holidays

    Amira 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 Day

    We 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 pharmacies

    BC 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 Thanksgiving

    We are closed Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving. Have a great long weekend!
  • September 25, 2014

    Shellshock Bug Update

    Amira servers are patched against the Shellshock Bug / Bash Vulnerability.
  • August 29, 2014

    Closed for Labour Day

    We are closed Monday, September 1 for Labour Day. Have a great long weekend!
  • July 31, 2014

    Closed for BC Day

    Amira is closed Monday, August 4 for BC Day - Have a great day!
  • June 30, 2014

    Closed for Canada Day

    Amira Health is closed Tuesday, July 1 for Canada Day. Have a great day!
  • May 31, 2014

    World No Tobacco Day

    Health 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 Day

    Amira Health is closed Monday, May 19, 2014 for Victoria Day. Have a great long weekend!
  • May 8, 2014

    QuitNow launches "You're One Smokin' Woman"

    QuitNow has just launched the new "You're One Smokin' Woman" contest to challenge women in British Columbia, Canada to blow off smoking for a week in June! The contest is powered by Amira, designed by BurnKit and managed by Context.
  • April 17, 2014

    Closed for Good Friday

    Amira is closed Friday, April 18, 2014 for Good Friday. Have a great long weekend!
  • April 9, 2014

    Heartbleed Bug Update

    Amira servers are patched against the Heartbleed bug. For more information on the Heartbleed bug visit www.heartbleed.com.
  • March 18, 2014

    AlbertaQuits relaunches

    Today 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 Day

    Amira Health is closed Monday, February 10, 2014 for Family Day. Have a great long weekend.
  • January 24, 2014

    QuitPath.ca launch

    Today 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 Hours

    Amira 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 Conference

    Amira is excited to be attending the 8th Annual Conference For Tobacco or Health in Ottawa, Canada next week.
  • September 17, 2013

    QuitNow goes responsive

    We 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 AlbertaQuits

    AlbertaQuits 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 overhaul

    Today 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 contest

    ManitobaQuits 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 launches

    Smokers 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 launches

    Congratulations 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

    Tobacco Free Tuesdays site launches for QuitNow

    There is now more incentive for British Columbia residents to stop smoking with the Tobacco Free Tuesdays contest run by QuitNow. This is a monthly contest challenging people who smoke to quit for 24 hours for the chance to win monthly prizes.
  • July 11, 2012

    Amira attends usability workshop

    Amira 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

    QuitNow is an award winning site!

    QuitNow was recently awarded bronze by the Web Health Awards which "recognizes high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals."