Based on data from Health Canada and Statistics Canada, as of 2013, 14.6% of Canadians currently smoke and 20.2% of youth 15 to 19 years old had ever smoked a whole cigarette. 1.9% of students in grades 6 to 9 were current smokers while 10.7% of youth 15 to 19 years old were current smokers.Saskatchewan has particularly high rates of smoking among youth, including First Nations youth (Reid et al., Tobacco use in Canada: Patterns and Trends. PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact 2015.)
Abstaining from smoking is associated with many health benefits, as well as higher school engagement and academic motivation.
Resources examining the potential harms of tobacco use and the tobacco industry.
Resources for understanding traditional use of tobacco in First Nations cultures as well as cessation programs that acknowledge the cultural uses of tobacco.
A variety of cessation programs directed at youth, both self-led and adult-led.
A website and downloadable toolkit and activity guide about chewing tobacco describing its effects, potential for addiction, and industry marketing. Available in English and French
A website directed at youth explaining the risks and costs of tobacco use, and providing toos to deal with pressures and to make healthy decisions.
A library of videos aimed at youth about the risks of smoking, including health effects, addiction, and more. Links to scientific papers and reports on which the videos are based, are provided.
Health Education resource guide for educations for Grades 6-8. Activities are also available for community educators
A tool to calculate the monetary cost of smoking, and the savings if you were to quit today.
A student-led 'train-the-trainer' program where youth educate youth on the health risks of tobacco use. The program aims to prevent non-smokers and susceptible students from starting to use tobacco and to de-normalize tobacco use among youth. The program is Manitoba-based but could be adapted to a SK context with the support of the existing program - they can be reached via SAYCW partners.
An anti-tobacco campaign that uses online engagement tools to deliver facts about the health effects and social consequences of tobacco and raises awareness about the marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. The site provides ideas of actions that can be taken to reduce tobacco use among youth.
Information on the Tobacco Control Act as it applies to schools, and tips on dealing with tobacco use on school property. There is also a link to an order form for Tobacco Free Schools signs from the SK Ministry of Health
Information on Tobacco Legislation in Saskatchewan.
Public Education campaign and resources for developing tobacco-free sport and rec policies and bylaws.
A video outlining the risks to children working on Tobacco farms in the United States. An accompanying full report can be found on the Human Rights Watch Website
A guide for planning and implementing tobacco prevention campaigns. The guide contains practical “lessons learned,” sample campaigns and tools to help create evidence-based, effective campaigns.
A youth-led campaign to raise awareness about the ways the tobacco industry makes their products appealing to youth. They are calling on a ban on flavoured tobacco products in Canada
This multi-partner campaign to inform about the issue of smoking in movies, and to advocate for an aldult rating on movies containing tobacco, to require strong anti-smoking ads play prior to movies, among other things.
A lesson for Grades 7-10 exploring the evolution of tobacco advertising from the 1940s to today to increase awareness
Advocate for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
An Online Glossary of Cigarette Packaging Design Elements
Background info on traditional use of tobacco in First Nations and Métis Cultures designed for Grades 6-8
Resources, information and teachings to empower youth to understand the difference between traditional and commercial tobacco and to make the necessary changes.
6-session cessation program
Battleford Tribal Council - Health Promotion Specialist- gift.madojemu@BRT6HC.ca
A strategy aiming to reduce commercial tobacco that includes resources for youth, families, and service providers. The site includes awareness info and videos, information on cessation workshops for Northern SK communities, tips for quitting, information on Traditional Tobacco and more. They also have a module for youth that follows Gr 7-9 curriculum and can be given by local trainers. For more information visit their website or contact NHCP@pophealthnorthsask.ca
An iphone and Android App designed to help teens quit smoking. Provides tips and tricks, cravings tracking and other tools.
A mobile app and social media pages designed to support and encourage quitting with motivators such as awards, quit plans, distractions, counters, and more.
Mobile App and Social Media pages designed to help teens quit with tips to resist urges, alternatives to dealing with stress or other triggering situations, understanding slip-ups, ways to track their progress, and ways to share their achievements
Provides tips and tricks on quitting smoking. Also has a smokefreeTXT program that sends encouragement, advice, and tips to help youth quit smoking.
A list of different types of methods, and descriptions and links to resources for each. Includes info on types of counselling, devices (patch, inhalers, gum), and more.
A guide to quitting smoking is available for download or order.
A site designed to provide young adults quitting info, support, and resources. Includes evidence-based booklets on quitting
Includes an online quit program, as well as PDF workbooks to smokers learn how to quit
A facilitator's guide (PDF) to a 10-week, four-step program designed to help youth who want to quit smoking. A Quit4Life handbook for youth is also included.
This guide provides Youth Workers or others with ideas on designing and facilitating tobacco cessation programming for urban Aboriginal youth. It also presents a series of activities that could be used with youth to help them on their journey to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
A primer on what Nicotine is and how addiction works.
A quiz to help youth determine whether they are addicted to tobacco. The site also includes many resources to help them quit and become aware of the costs of tobacco use.
A quiz to learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke
A factsheet on secondhand smoke, associated health risks, and ways to protect yourself from it
A site for youth providing an overview of the costs of smoking, including videos.
A primer on the health effects of smoking, including physical effects and addiction.
A website dedicated to the health effects of smoking such as cancer, COPD, and heart disease, including risks in pregnancy
A website showing an interactive visual tour of how tobacco affects different parts of the body for males and females
Report on flavoured tobacco and its use in the Canadian population by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.
A primer on flavoured tobacco
Research on falavoured tobacco products in Saskatchewan
Report on Electronic Cigarettes and their use in the Canadian population by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.
This fact sheet defines what electronic cigarette devices are and how they can be harmful to the health of children and youth. This resource outlines tips for parents to avoid injury or accidental poisoning from electronic cigarettes.
Report on Tobacco Use in Canada. The site also contains Saskatchewan-specific data.
Recommendations on behavioural interventions for the prevention and treatment of cigarette smoking among school-aged children and youth
Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.
SAYCW 2019 Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey Provincial Poster
June 27, 2019 – The 2019 SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities (TYTC) Survey Provincial Poster is now available! The the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being…Read More
This brief questionnaire seeks feedback from schools, school divisions, and other Saskatchewan stakeholders on the SAYCW Youth Health Survey 2015, the results reports, and the Healthy Schools and Communities grant. We hope to learn from you to improve SAYCW’s work in conducting our next Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey in 2019, preparing the results reports, and translating the knowledge into health promoting action.