Prevention & Screening
Prevention and Screening
Tobacco Control

About 30% of all cancers in Canada are caused by tobacco use, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff and cigars. It’s also the main cause of more than 85% of lung cancers.  In addition, second-hand smoke is the most common cause of preventable death in non-smokers.

Contributing to healthy, tobacco-free families and communities

Sport and recreation programs, including arts and culture, provide healthy alternatives to tobacco use through physical and social activities. It’s also a natural place to reinforce positive health messages and behaviour.

The Nova Scotia Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation Program aims to prevent children and youth from starting to use tobacco. Its two main goals are:
• to encourage community groups and sport and recreation organizations working with youth to develop and implement tobacco-free policies, and
• to provide information and resources that will help make tobacco-free youth policies and programs easier and more successful.

Over 93,000 Nova Scotians have benefited from the tobacco-free sport and recreation message

Since 2003, the Nova Scotia Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation Program has reached over 93,000 community members throughout Nova Scotia. To date, twenty organizations have received funding through the program, and promoted the tobacco-free message as part of their activities, events and programs.

The Nova Scotia Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation Program is a collaborative effort co-led by Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division. For more information on this program, please see Tobacco-Free Youth Sport and Recreation – How to Get There

Snapshots are produced by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and are designed to synthesize available information and provide Canadian healthcare professionals, including primary care practitioners, with key knowledge about current data, trends and emerging issues in an accessible, concise and easy-to-read format. Here are some of the latest Snapshots:

Alcohol Use in Canada
Smoking in Canada
Obesity in Canada

Snapshot Alcohol



The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (Propel) at the University of Waterloo has recently produced a five minute video on the successful implementation of the Woodstock, Ontario outdoor smoking bylaw. Click here to watch this video.