Leave the Pack Behind
Leave The Pack Behind (LTPB) is a peer-to-peer tobacco control initiative for young adults on post-secondary campuses. LTPB aims to provide appropriate support and information about smoking for post-secondary students across Ontario:
- promoting smoking cessation among occasional and regular smokers
- exposing tobacco industry tactics that keep people hooked on its products
- extensive social marketing campaigns that use social media, mass media, and interpersonal communication in print, electronic and face-to-face formats
What we offer:
- Free support and resources to help you or someone you know quit
- Carbon Monoxide Testing
- “Survival Kits” for quitting
- Research on smoking – get involved!
- Awesome giveaways and prizes
- Referrals to campus health care professionals.
- A chance to win great prizes with our “wouldurather…” contest in January, whether or not you are a smoker, ex-smoker, or non-smoker.
Funded in part by Health Canada and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, LTPB programming now exists on all 20 Ontario Universities and all 24 applied arts Colleges in Ontario.1 The total potential reach of Leave The Pack Behind is currently just over 599,000 students, representing approximately 155,000 smokers.2
Leave The Pack Behind at McMaster University is a student-led smoking awareness program that is part of the Wellness Education program at the Student Wellness Centre (MUSC B118). We offer support and resources, as well as draws, contests and other fun events, to all students: smokers and non-smokers alike!
For more information about Leave the Pack Behind resources at McMaster, or general inquiries related to smoking contact:
1 In addition to the 24 publicly funded Colleges offering programs in Applied Arts & Technology, there are 3 colleges offering post-secondary programs in Agricultural Technologies and the Michener Institute which offers post-secondary programs for healthcare professionals.
2 Based on a prevalence of 22% for university students and 33% for college students (Tester & Lawrance, 2012).