About Us

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) is a national health organization, founded in 1985 as a registered charity. We are a unique organization of Canadian physicians who share one goal: the reduction of tobacco-caused illness through reduced smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.

PSC provides leadership for the medical profession on tobacco issues. In the past 20 years, more than 1,500 Canadian physicians have joined PSC.

PSC is funded primarily by contributions from Health Canada and other health ministries, by donations from private foundations, by earnings on its consulting services, and by donations from its members. Prior to 1999, PSC received some unrestricted grants from pharmaceutical companies (to promote, for example, smoke-free homes and to encourage quitting).

We work in collaboration with governments, with the Canadian Medical Association and other non-governmental health agencies.

In 1994 PSC was awarded the Canadian Cardiovascular Society's Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit for our contribution to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in Canada. In 2004, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada awarded PSC the "Leadership Award in Heart Healthy Policy".  In 2005, the World Health Organization awarded PSC with the World No Tobacco Day Award.