Funding for the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) should be increased so that Health Canada can have more impact to reduce smoking, including among youth. The existing funding level of $38 million per year is equal to just 1.1% of the $3.5 billion collected by the federal government through tobacco taxes. In the United States, per capita federal investments in tobacco control are more than double that in Canada. The current FCTS expires March 31, 2017. It is essential that there be a more effective and properly funded replacement to provide the comprehensive and sustained tobacco strategy Canada needs.
Tobacco control – what we’re fighting for right now
The Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon advocates for an investment in cancer prevention. We encourage the BC Government to protect Canadians from cancer-causing substances, such as tobacco smoke, and generate public policies that make healthy living possible.
The Society 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.