Advocating for a tobacco-free British Columbia
Smoking is the biggest threat to the lung health of Canadians. Every year more than 37,000 Canadians die from tobacco use and hundreds of thousands struggle with smoking-related diseases. As partners in the Clean Air Coalition of BC, the goals of the BC Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of (B.C. & Yukon) are to build a greater understanding of the health hazards of second-hand smoke, generate support for smoke-free environments, and support tobacco-control related activities at both the local and provincial levels.
Through our partnerships with community, regional, and national groups, we aim to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke through:
- Prevention: Making it harder for young people to start smoking
- Protection: Protecting people from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
- Cessation: Making it easier for those addicted to tobacco products to quit
- Denormalization: Educating the public about how the tobacco industry targets youth