In 1962, a landmark report confirmed what many had suspected for years: smoking causes lung cancer. It clearly demonstrated smoking increases the risk of cancer in men, and subsequent research has confirmed the link in women. The report was released by the director of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, then a sister organization of the Canadian Cancer Society. This groundbreaking report pushed the Society to develop educational programs about the relationship between lung cancer and smoking, many of which were distributed in secondary schools.
Today, the Society remains fully committed to reducing smoking rates in Canada through advocacy work, educational initiatives and legislative changes. Statistics show that it is working. The rate of smoking in youth between 15 and 19 years old dropped from 28% in 1999 to 12% in 2011.
We also offer a range of support programs to help Canadians quit. Connect with Smokers' Helpline for free, personalized support in your province.