Saskatchewan teens are smoking at nearly three times the national rate.
The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey says 22% of teens between ages 15-19 in Saskatchewan are lighting up, with the national average being just 8%.
Canadian Cancer Society’s Donna Pasiechnik believes there’s quite a few ways to go about curbing this problem.
“Number one, increase taxes,” she said. “It’s the most effective way to reduce kids starting and to motivate others to quit. We need to ban all flavoured tobacco products.”
Pasiechnik notes there’s ways to address this issue at the provincial level, too.
“We certainly need the tax revenue in this province, why are we not increasing prices to prevent more kids from stopping? Why do we still sell tobacco at post-secondary institutions and recreational facilities?”