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Help Make Cancer Prevention a Public Policy Priority

The Canadian Cancer Society is asking all political parties to make cancer prevention a priority. You can help by asking BC's party leaders to support healthy public policies such as smoke-free outdoor places (patios, parks and playgrounds).

Invest in Cancer Prevention
Encourage BC’s political parties to invest in cancer prevention

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon, is asking all party leaders to stop cancer before it starts by making a solid investment in cancer prevention.

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in BC. Two in five British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and one in four will die from cancer.
  • Health care consumes almost half of the BC government's total budget.
  • We know about half of all cancers can be prevented by a combination of healthy living and healthy public policies.

Smoke-free Outdoor Public Places
Amendments to the Tobacco Control Regulation to include smoke-free outdoor public places such as, parks, playgrounds and beaches

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon, is advocating for stronger provincial tobacco control regulation in outdoor public places, such as outdoor patios of bars and restaurants, and on parks, playgrounds and beaches.

  • Tobacco use remains the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in BC, killing more than 6,000 British Columbians each year.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, which is linked to the deaths of up to 140 British Columbians each year.
  • In an outdoor setting, second-hand smoke is a hazard. In fact, being within a few feet of a smoker outdoors may expose you to air pollution levels comparable to homes and bars that allow smoking.
  • Banning smoking in outdoor public places is a sound public health policy which can increase the motivation for smokers to quit or cut back, and decrease unhealthy role modelling for children and youth.

Flavoured Tobacco Ban
Ban all candy and fruit flavoured tobacco products

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon is concerned with the alarming proportion of high school students who are using flavoured tobacco products, marketed to them in candy flavours such as chocolate, strawberry and watermelon. The Society is calling on the BC government to ban all flavoured tobacco products.

  • 53% of high school students in BC who used tobacco products in the previous 30 days had used flavoured tobacco products.
  • Flavoured tobacco products are affordable to youth.
  • The packaging and candy flavourings in these tobacco products are clearly intended to appeal to youth and encourage them to use tobacco products.
  • Fruit, candy and menthol flavoured tobacco reduce the harsh effects of cigarette smoke for youth who are experimenting with smoking, making it easier for them to become addicted to tobacco.
  • Flavored tobacco products carry the same health risks and are as addictive as regular tobacco


Authorized by the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon, registered sponsor under the Election Act, 604-872-4400.