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

Know what's in Your Mouth

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. 

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

The Real Cost

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

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.

The Real Cost -video library

US Department of Health and Human Services.. 

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.

Know Tobacco

The Lung Association. 

Health Education resource guide for educations for Grades 6-8. Activities are also available for community educators

Cost Calculator

Health Canada. 

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

Manitoba S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco)

Government of Manitoba, Department of Healthy Living and Seniors. 

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.


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.

Tobacco Free Schools under the Saskatchewan Tobacco Control Act

Government of Saskatchewan. 

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

Tobacco Legislation

Government of Saskatchewan. 

Information on Tobacco Legislation in Saskatchewan.

Play, Live, Be Tobacco Free

Public Education campaign and resources for developing tobacco-free sport and rec policies and bylaws.

MADE IN THE USA: Child Labour & Tobacco

Human Rights Watch. 

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

Campaign Development Toolkit

American Cancer Society. 

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.

Take Action on Flavour Tobacco

Canadian Cancer Society. 

An online tool where users can submit a letter to their MLA asking them to prohibit the sale of all flavoured tobacco

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.


Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. 

An Online Glossary of Cigarette Packaging Design Elements

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

Tobacco Wise

Aboriginal Tobacco Program, Cancer Care Ontario. 

Resources, information and teachings to empower youth to understand the difference between traditional and commercial tobacco and to make the necessary changes.

I Can Quit

Battleford Tribal Council Health Services. 

6-session cessation program

Battleford Tribal Council - Health Promotion Specialist-

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.

Crush the Crave app

Canadian Cancer Society and Government of Canada. 

A mobile app and social media pages designed to support and encourage quitting with motivators such as awards, quit plans, distractions, counters, and more.

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 - Break-up Methods

Canadian Cancer Society and Government of Canada. 

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.

Lung Association- Ready Set Quit

Saskatchewan Lung Association. 

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

Leave the Pack Behind

Government of Ontario. 

A site designed to provide young adults quitting info, support, and resources. Includes evidence-based booklets on quitting

Online Quit Program and Workbooks

Canadian Cancer Society. 

Includes an online quit program, as well as PDF workbooks to smokers learn how to quit


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

Nicotine Addiction

Health Canada. 

A primer on what Nicotine is and how addiction works.

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.

Mental Illness & Smoking


A factsheet exploring the link between mental illness and smoking.

Adolescent Brain Development & Smoking


A factsheet exploring the link between smoking and adolescent brain development

Secondhand smoke - quiz

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

A quiz to learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke

Dangers of second-hand smoke

Government of Canada. 

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

The Real Cost

US Department of Health and Human Services. 

A site for youth providing an overview of the costs of smoking, including videos.

Smoking and your Body

Health Canada. 

A primer on the health effects of smoking, including physical effects and addiction.

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 - Smoking and Tobacco Use

Cancer Society of Finland. 

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

Tobacco Products and Tobacco Use Statistics

Types of Tobacco Products

Canadian Cancer Society. 

A description of types of tobacco products

What's inside that cigarette?

Break It Off. 

A resource listing some of the known chemicals in tobacco smoke. Available in English and French

Smokeless Tobacco Factsheet

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Description of types of smokeless tobacco

Gruen Von Burg Video

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. 

Video on the perils of smokeless tobacco and why major league baseball must ban use by players

Tobacco Use in Canada: Flavoured Tobacco Use Report

Propel Centre for Population and Population Health. 

Report on flavoured tobacco and its use in the Canadian population by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.

Flavoured Tobacco factsheet

Canadian Cancer Society. 

A primer on flavoured tobacco

Flavoured Tobacco in Saskatchewan

Canadian Lung Association. 

Research on falavoured tobacco products in Saskatchewan

Tobacco Use in Canada: E-cigarettes in Canada Report

Propel Centre for Population and Population Health. 

Report on Electronic Cigarettes and their use in the Canadian population by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.

Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) and the health and safety risks for children

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. 

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.

Tobacco Use: Patterns and Trends 2017

Propel Centre for Population and Population Health. 

Report on Tobacco Use in Canada. The site also contains Saskatchewan-specific data.

Tobacco Smoking in Children and Adolescents (2017)

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. 

Recommendations on behavioural interventions for the prevention and treatment of cigarette smoking among school-aged children and youth

Youth Health Survey Provincial Report

Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being. 

This report provides data on tobacco use among Saskatchewan youth in grades 7-12

National Report on Adults, Youth and Children living in First Nations Communities

First Nations Information Governance Centre . 

This report provides data on tobacco use among those living in First Nations communities

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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