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Issues you can act on

Our advocacy campaigns cover many issues vital to cancer patients and their families – from preventing cancer, to accessing high-quality treatment, to improving palliative care, to more support for family caregivers.

We’ve won many battles, but there’s still a way to go. And our campaigns are most successful when you get involved! We need your help to improve the lives of those living with and beyond cancer.

Smoke-free public places

The Canadian Cancer Society BC &Yukon 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. Many municipalities throughout BC have banned smoking in outdoor public places and are paving the way for province-wide legislation. All British Columbians should be protected and strong province-wide regulation that would protect British Columbians from exposure to second-hand smoke, most importantly where children play, is needed.

Ban on the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides

The Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon is advocating for provincial legislation that would ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides across BC (pesticides used to improve the appearance of non-agricultural landscaping such as lawns, gardens, parks, shrubs and sports fields). To date, 40 municipalities have introduced local restrictions on the use of cosmetic pesticides on public and private lands. However, municipalities can only control the use of pesticides, not the sale, and many British Columbians are still unprotected because there are municipalities without restrictions in place.

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Rose-Marie LeBlanc If I can help even one individual in my lifetime, it is worth the effort.

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