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Helping British Columbians
to quit smoking
should be a priority
for the BC government.

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon, wishes to thank the BC Government for launching the BC Smoking Cessation Program, which will assist BC residents in their quest to stop smoking. The response to the program, in the first week alone, was an encouraging sign that the BC Smoking Cessation Program will reduce smoking rates in British Columbia, and improve the health of British Columbians, as well as the health of their families.

This program is instrumental to removing one of the barriers to breaking British Columbians’ dependency on tobacco products. Providing support to help people quit smoking will pay off in the long run, and will lead to a healthier population, as well as reduce health care costs. The BC Smoking Cessation Program adds another valuable tool in our continuing fight against cancer.

Tobacco interventions* help smokers quit.

NRT, such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum, combined with physician counseling have a proven record of treating tobacco addiction. Similar improvements in quitting success result from medications that mimic the effects of nicotine on the brain.

Although BC's smoking rates are at 14.3%, one of the lowest in the country, cigarette smoking causes about 30% of cancer deaths in Canada and about 85% of lung cancer cases. More work needs to be done if we want to see smoking rates reduce further. Since we know that smoking is an addiction, the BC Government is helping to pay for treatment for the estimated 70% of smokers who wish to quit.

British Columbia just became the third Canadian province to pay for smoking cessation products. Quebec was first; Saskatchewan the second.

*Before using smoking cessation aids check with your healthcare provider as they are unsuitable in certain situations.

Ready to quit?

We commend the BC government for continuing to fund and Quit Now by Phone, free smoking cessation programs that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all British Columbians.

If you are in the Yukon and thinking about quitting, call 1 877 513-5333.

If you're ready to quit smoking, download our One Step at a Time guide (pdf).

For more quick smoking resources, visit

Did you know...

Most smokers
try to quit four or
five times before

Did you know...

Tobacco use costs
the BC economy
$2.3 billion annually.

Did you know...

A large portion
of BC smokers
want to quit.