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What is Leave The Pack Behind

Funded by the government of Ontario through the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy, we are a tobacco control program that provides young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources – all for free!

We work with numerous individuals and organizations to drive toward the shared goal of reducing young adults’ use of commercial and alternative tobacco/nicotine products.

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Our History

The name for this program was adopted with permission, from the World Health Organization's 1999 World No Tobacco Day campaign.

In 2000, a professor at Brock University, a Public Health Nurse and a Campus Nurse received funding from the Government of Ontario to create a program to reduce smoking on 6 campuses.

Today, with over 18 years experience, Leave The Pack Behind offers age-tailored programs and campaigns province-wide, for all young adults, including those enrolled in college or university and those working in our communities.

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Mission ImPossible

Leave The Pack Behind creates an environment that supports and inspires all young adults to live their best life, tobacco-free.

We fulfill our mission in 4 ways:

  1. Help young adults access free quitting methods that work
  2. Advocate for healthy, smoke-free spaces
  3. Disrupt the social acceptance of cigarettes and alternative tobacco products
  4. Build and share knowledge about how to help young adults avoid and quit smoking

 

Why LTPB Exists

More young adults smoke than any other age group1 20% (20-24 years olds) vs. 16% (all age groups 15+ years old)

Up to 1 in 4 smokers have their first cigarette after the age of 182

Young adulthood is a stressful time, which may increase the risk of smoking3-5

Most young adult smokers say they want to quit6-8

Quitting before the age of 30 can eliminate the increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and other tobacco-related illnesses9

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Measuring Our Impact

A key part of Leave The Pack Behind is evaluation & research which supports and enhances our social marketing campaigns and interventions through the process including development, tracking, and monitoring outcomes.

Read Our Reports

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Meet The Team

Our team is made up of innovative and dynamic individuals who are passionate about helping young adults lead healthy, smoke-free lives!

 

Central Office Staff

 

kelli-an

Kelli-an Lawrance, PhD
Director & Principal Investigator

 

 

heather

Heather Travis
Manager

 

 

agnes

Agnes Hsin
Assistant Manager,
Research & Evaluation

 

 

jenn

Jennifer Ryder
Assistant Manager,
Programming & Communications

 

 

lindsay

Lindsay Taylor
Assistant Manager,
Programming & Communications

 

 

steve

Stephen Agnew
Graphic Designer
 

 

 

meghan

Meghan Robinson
Research Coordinator,
Programming & Communications

 

 

justin

Justin Steepe
Social Media &
Digital Content Creator

 

 

teresa

Teresa Shanley
Administrative Assistant
 

 

 



 

 

Staff Across the Province

 



Social Change Specialist - Thunder Bay
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Social Change Specialist - Sault Ste. Marie
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Social Change Specialist - Timmins
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Social Change Specialist - Sudbury
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Social Change Specialist - North Bay
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Social Change Specialist - Windsor
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Social Change Specialist - London
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Social Change Specialist - Hamilton
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Social Change Specialist - K-W Cambridge
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Social Change Specialist - Peterborough
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Social Change Specialist - Belleville
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Social Change Specialist - Kingston
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Social Change Specialist - Ottawa
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Social Change Specialist - Mississauga
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Social Change Specialist - Toronto
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Social Change Specialist - Toronto
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Social Change Specialist - North York
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Social Change Specialist - Scarborough
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Social Change Specialist - Oshawa
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Social Change Specialist - Barrie
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We help you quit your way.

Leave The Pack Behind offers young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources - all for free!

Don't Quit Quitting

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Party Without The Smoke

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One Day, Day 1

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Smoke-Free Campus

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