It’s that time of year again for National Non-Smoking Week!

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Every January, cities across Canada participate in National Non-Smoking Week and Vancouver is definitely no exception. This year, National Non-Smoking Week runs from January 18 to 24 so keep your eyes and ears open for interesting tidbits related to the campaign!

There are a few timely messages at the top of the non-smoking agenda, particularly e-cigarettes, flavoured cigarettes, and smoking in movies. Read on to find out what the issues are…


E-cigYou’ve probably heard about these by now, especially how they could be an alternative to traditional cigarettes without all the nastiness inside traditional cigarettes. But here are some facts about e-cigarettes that’s not advertised:

  • The vapour/aerosol contains chemicals, including lead, metal particulates, and propylene glycol (the same chemical found in antifreeze). Some chemicals are found to be cancer-causing.
  • The vapour/aerosol can irritate the lungs
  • It may be harmful to breathe in the second-hand vapour/aerosol.
  • There may be nicotine in them even if the label says there is no nicotine. There is no law on what ingredients are allowed in the product, so the label may not tell you everything.
  • Some are known to explode, leak, or cause a fire.

Flavoured cigarettes

Flavoured tobaccoDid you know that tobacco products come in all sorts of flavours? That includes fruity, candy-like flavours. If that sounds wrong to you (after all, why should something that causes you harm taste like a treat?), you’re not alone! Are you on social media? Check out #endtheflavour to see what others are doing to ban flavoured tobacco.

Got Instagram? Use the hashtag to see some head-to-head comparisons of tobacco products with the candy products they resemble…shocking stuff!

Smoking in movies

CruellaWith the Oscars around the corner, it’s hard not to notice which movies are creating a lot of Oscar buzz. But have you ever noticed how many movies show actors/actresses smoking on screen? In fact, out of the past five Oscar Best Picture winners, four of them have parental advisories because of smoking. According to the Internet Movie Database, advisories are given for the following:


  • Argo (2013 Oscar winner): “Everyone smokes throughout the movie.”
  • The Artist (2012 Oscar winner): “…cigarettes smoked often.”
  • The King’s Speech (2011 Oscar winner): “Some characters, including Bertie, smoke. His therapist warns him that it is bad for his lungs. People are seen smoking in the background in many scenes.”
  • The Hurt Locker (2010 Oscar winner): “A lot of smoking.”

Because of how common smoking is shown in movies, it’s easy to think that smoking is the norm and that everyone does it when that’s really not the case. That’s just one of the reasons why the folks at Smoke Free Movies want you to be aware of their campaign – see for yourself at