On Weedless Wednesday British Columbians and Yukoners are invited to “break up” with tobacco for National Non-Smoking Week

18 January 2012

Vancouver -

In Canada, it’s estimated that smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths and is related to more than 85% of lung cancer cases.  Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in BC, but it’s also one of the most difficult addictions to break. 

Ready to break up with tobacco?

Want to quit but don’t know how or where to start?

Last September, the BC government made nicotine replacement therapies available at no cost to British Columbians trying to quit smoking. The move addressed one of the difficulties facing those wanting to quit.  Since the launch of the program, more than 63,000 British Columbians have registered for free nicotine replacement therapy.  The Canadian Cancer Society thanks the BC government for taking steps to improve the health of British Columbians, as well as the health of their families.    

The Canadian Cancer Society also offers support to smokers who wish to “break up” with tobacco through its One Step at a Time quit smoking guide.  If you are in the Yukon and thinking about quitting, call 1 877 513-5333, to reach the Smokers’ Helpline - a free, confidential service that provides personalized support, advice and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.  In BC, personalized support about quitting smoking and tobacco use is available for smokers at quitnow.ca.  Further information and resources are available at myonething.ca.  The Canadian Cancer Society encourages all smokers to make today the day you kiss tobacco goodbye.



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 www.cancer.ca 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