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Tobacco and Cancer Prevention

In 2019, nearly 2500 British Columbian men and women died from lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in BC.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in North America. The evidence is clear that tobacco, smokeless tobacco products and second-hand smoke have dangerous health effects. 

Radon exposure is also a risk factor for lung cancer. For more information, please visit our radon pages.

In the section menu to the right:

  • Tobacco - The Science - Find out the facts and BC statistics about tobacco and cancer risk.
  • Reduce Your Risk - Information on what you can do to stop using tobacco and protect your loved ones too.
  • Resources - Websites and organizations where you can find information and help on quitting tobacco use.

Smoking and Cancer Treatment / Surgery

For information on the effect of smoking on cancer treatment and/or surgery, please visit our Tobacco - The Science page.

Covid-19, Smoking and Cancer

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) has produced a resource outlining the risks of smoking in association with the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for cancer patients.

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