Under 5 by '35

04 October 2016

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society is joining the call to reduce tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035. The call was made at the Tobacco Endgame Summit held at Queen’s University September 30-October 1. The Summit brought together health representatives from across Canada.

“We’ve made huge progress, but fully 18% of Canadians – more than 5 million people – are still smoking. If we can drive tobacco use down to under 5% it will have enormous public health benefits,” says Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society. “It is essential that the health community work toward this objective, and that governments accelerate taxation, legislative and programming efforts to drive down tobacco use as quickly as possible. This objective is achievable, but significant new measures will be needed to get there.”

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, including about 30% of all cancer deaths. Tobacco kills 37,000 Canadians every year.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:

Rob Cunningham

Senior Policy Analyst

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: (613) 565-2522 ext 4981