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.

Anti-Tobacco Campaigns and Resources

Cost Calculator

Health Canada. 

A tool to calculate the monetary cost of smoking, and the savings if you were to quit today.


Truth Initiative (non-profit). 

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.

Freeze the Industry

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

Smoke-Free Movies

Ontario Coalition for Smoke- Free Movies . 

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.

Media Smarts

Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. 

A lesson for Grades 7-10 exploring the evolution of tobacco advertising from the 1940s to today to increase awareness

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. 

Advocate for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

Traditional use of Tobacco

Know Tobacco

The Lung Association. 

Background info on traditional use of tobacco in First Nations and Métis Cultures designed for Grades 6-8

Northern Tobacco Strategy

Northern Healthy Communities Parnership. 

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

Cessation Programs

QuitStart app

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

An iphone and Android App designed to help teens quit smoking. Provides tips and tricks, cravings tracking and other tools.

Break It Off app

Canadian Cancer Society and Government of Canada. 

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

Smokefree Teen

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

Provides tips and tricks on quitting smoking. Also has a smokefreeTXT program that sends encouragement, advice, and tips to help youth quit smoking.

Break it Off - Youth Focus

Canadian Cancer Society and Government of Canada. 

Break It Off is a campaign that helps young adults quit smoking and stay smoke-free. They provide information on how to quit smoking and/or vaping including different types of methods and resources.

Ready Set Quit

Saskatchewan Lung Association. 

A guide to quitting smoking is available for download or order.


Health Canada. 

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.

My Journey With Tobacco: Youth Tobacco Cessation Toolkit, Facilitator’s Guide


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.

Quit Line

Lung Assocation. 

The lung association can be called for quitting help

Smoker's Helpline

Canadian Cancer Society. 

Smoker's Helpline

Health Impacts of Tobacco

The Real Cost - Addiction Quiz

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

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.

Health Effects - Smoking and Tobacco Use

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A website dedicated to the health effects of smoking such as cancer, COPD, and heart disease, including risks in pregnancy

Health Effects - Interactive Virtual Tour

Cancer Society of Finland. 

A website showing an interactive visual tour of how tobacco affects different parts of the body for males and females

Secondhand Smoke - Quiz

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

A quiz to learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke

Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Government of Canada. 

A factsheet on secondhand smoke, associated health risks, and ways to protect yourself from it

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…

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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.

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