Health Authorities Launch Blitz Against Toxic Lawn Products—pesticide ad campaign a first in BC history

03 February 2012

Vancouver -

Health organizations endorsing the campaign include the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Lung Association, the Public Health Association of BC and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

“Respected Canadian health organizations have come together in an unprecedented campaign to prohibit toxic lawn products,” said Kathryn Seely, Director of Public Issues at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “This is the first time in BC history that such an initiative has been undertaken. Health experts are hopeful that BC can follow Eastern Canada’s suit with a province-wide pesticide ban.”

The advertisements – which will run in major outlets for eight weeks – urge British Columbians to call or e-mail Premier Christy Clark with a simple message: “I support a lawn and garden pesticide ban!”     

“Children across Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia are all protected from these poisons, but the same can’t be said of children in BC,” explained Gideon Forman of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. “We think that’s outrageous and this unique campaign is designed to rectify it.”

A province-wide pesticide ban is supported not only by health experts but also local residents and BC municipalities. Recent polling shows over 70% of British Columbians favour a pesticide phase-out on private and public properties.  

Scientific research shows people exposed to pesticides are at greater risk for cancer, reproductive problems and neurological illness. 

For more information, contact:
Gina Ungaro,
Marketing & Communications
Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Seely

Director, Public Issues

Phone: (604) 675-7108