Terms and Conditions
The Break It Off website is a smoking-cessation-related, non-commercial website developed and maintained collaboratively by Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, and hosted on a third party server.
Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully as they are legally binding on you. Your use of the Break It Off website signifies your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of the Term and Conditions at any time without notice. Your continued use of the Break It Off website after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new policy. It is your responsibility to regularly check to determine if there have been changes to these terms and to review such changes.
This is a Canadian website intended for use by residents of Canada. Use by users outside of Canada is not discouraged, however, these website visitors should be aware that the content of the website is tailored for Canadian residents using the Canadian health care system.
The material provided on the Break It Off website is intended for educational and informational purposes only. The Government of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society are not engaged in rendering medical service or advice and the information provided is not a substitute for a professional medical opinion. If you have a medical problem, please contact a qualified health professional.
The Government of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society do not endorse any product, treatment or therapy; neither do they evaluate the quality of services operated by other organizations mentioned or linked to from this website.
All personal information collected by the Government of Canada and Health Canada is governed by the Privacy Act. This means that you will be informed of the purpose for which your personal information is being collected and how to exercise your right of access to that information.
All personal information collected by the Canadian Cancer Society is governed by the Canadian Standards Association’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information as well as the requirements of applicable privacy legislation.
Your Privacy and the Internet
The nature of the Internet is such that web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the site. For this reason, the Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society consider the IP address to be personal information, particularly when combined with other data automatically collected when visitor Visits a website such as the page or pages visited, date and time of visit.
Unless otherwise noted, the Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society do not automatically gather information from you, such as your name, telephone number or e-mail address. The Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society would only obtain this type of information if you supplied it to us, for example by email, or by filling in a contact form. In such cases, a statement of how your personal information is handled will be provided in a Personal Information Collection Statement.
In cases where services are provided by organizations outside of the Government of Canada and Health Canada the Canadian Cancer Society, such as social media platforms, IP addresses may be recorded by the web server of the third-party service provider.
Communicating with the Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society
If you choose to send the Government of Canada, Health Canada and/or the Canadian Cancer Society an email or complete a feedback form online, your personal information is used by the Government of Canada, Health Canada and/or the Canadian Cancer Society in order to respond to your inquiry. The information you provide will only be shared with another government institution if your inquiry relates to that institution. The Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society do not use the information to create individual profiles nor do they disclose the information to anyone other than to those in the federal government who need to provide you with a response.
Any disclosure of your personal information by the Government of Canada and Health Canada is in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Any disclosure of personal information by the Canadian Cancer Society is in accordance with Canadian Standards Association’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information as well as the requirements of applicable privacy legislation.
Emails and other electronic methods used to communicate with the Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society are not secure unless it is specifically stated on a web page. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not send sensitive personal information, such as your Social Insurance Number or your date of birth, through non-secure electronic means.
Personal information from emails or completed feedback forms is collected pursuant to the federal Department of Health Act, and statutes for which the Minister of Health is responsible.
Third-Party Social Media
The Government of Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society use social media as an extension of their presence on the Web. Social media account(s) are public and are not hosted on Government of Canada or Health Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society servers. Users who choose to interact with us via social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications you use to access them. The Break It Off website may use Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Delicious, Digg, Google Bookmarks, StumbleUpon, Hotmail, MySpace, reddit, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and other social media. When interacting with Health Canada through social media, users must also make note of Health Canada’s Social Media Terms and Conditions, located here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/social-media-health-canada.html.
Improving Your Experience on the Break It Off Website
Digital Markers (including cookies)
A digital marker is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s browser It is used to remember certain pieces of information that the web server will reference during the same or subsequent visit to the website. Examples of digital markers are “cookies” or HTML5 web storage.
Some examples of what digital markers do are as follows:
- allow a website to recognize a previous visit each time the visitor accesses the site;
- track information viewed on a site to help website administrators ensure visitors can find what they are looking for.
The Break It Off website uses some sessional and persistent digital markers. During your on-line visit, your browser exchanges data with the web server. The digital markers used do not allow the Government of Canada or Health Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society to identify individuals.
You may adjust your browser settings to reject digital markers, including cookies, if you choose. However, it may affect your ability to interact with the Break It Off website.
Ownership and Usage of Content Provided on this Website
You may use and reproduce the materials as follows:
Unless otherwise specified, you may reproduce the materials in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes, and in any format, without charge or further permission, provided you do the following:
- Exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
- Indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, as well as the author (where available); and
- Indicate that the reproduction is a copy of the version available at [URL where original document is available].
Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution without prior written permission from the copyright administrator. To obtain permission to reproduce Government of Canada materials on this site for commercial purposes, contact:
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Or Complete the Questions and comments form
Some of the content on this site may be subject to the copyright of another party. Where information has been produced or copyright is not held by Government of Canada, the materials are protected under the Copyright Act, and international agreements. Details concerning copyright ownership are indicated on the relevant page(s).
The official symbols of the Government of Canada, including the Canada Wordmark, the Arms of Canada, and the flag symbol, may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without prior written authorization.
The Canadian Cancer Society logo design is a registered trademark of the Canadian Cancer Society and may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes. The Canadian Cancer Society logo may not be used as a hypertext link without express prior written permission from the Canadian Cancer Society.
Commitments to Accessibility
The Government of Canada is committed to achieving a high standard of accessibility as defined in the Standard on Web Accessibility and the Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices. In the event of difficulty using the Break It Off website, contact Info@hc-sc.gc.ca for assistance or to obtain an alternative format.
Accessible Alternative Formats
We are committed to fair access to information regardless of the technologies used, and are continually striving to make our site accessible to the broadest range of disabilities and assistive devices. Accessible alternative formats can be made available upon request by contacting Info@hc-sc.gc.ca.
Alternative Formats and Plug-ins
Information throughout this website is provided in HTML as the primary format. In some cases, other software formats are provided as alternatives. To open these alternate formats, you may need to download and install one or more of the following on your computer:
- PDF– They may also be available as Portable Document Format. To view these files you will need Adobe Reader. You can also visit the Adobe site for online conversion tools for PDF documents.
- DOC– To view files in Microsoft Word formats, you will need Microsoft Word Reader.
- XLS– To read a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel format, you will need the Microsoft Excel Viewer.
- PPT– To view presentation files in Microsoft PowerPoint format, you will need Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.
- Media Players (for viewing interactive content)
Comments and Interactions
You are responsible for the comments you post on the Break It Off website. This includes all profile information and messages.
You agree that you will not:
- Use this website for any unlawful purpose.
- Impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.
- Post any defamatory, harassing, abusive, mean-spirited, obscene, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, threatening, or illegal material, or any material containing blatant expressions of bigotry, racism or hate.
- Violate the property rights of others, or post any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party.
- Knowingly upload files, or cause users to upload files, that contain viruses, worms, “Trojan horses”, corrupted files, or any similar software or programs that may adversely affect the operation of another’s computer.
- Advertise or promote any goods or services.
- Post “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letters”, “pyramid schemes” or similar activities.
- Solicit anyone to buy or sell products or services.
- Use the website in a way that violates any applicable local, provincial/territorial, national or international law.
- Post or link to any material that contains any information about any person under the age of 18.
- Reveal personal information or identifiers about another person that may violate that person’s privacy.
- Recruit members as participants in a research project or school assignment of any kind, identify persons to interview for a media project of any kind, interview members for a publication, to recruit volunteers for any service or organization, or solicit members for any other purpose.
We reserve the right to edit or remove comments that:
- Contain personal information;
- Are contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- Express racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting or life-threatening messages;
- Put forward serious, unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations;
- Are aggressive, coarse, violent, obscene or pornographic;
- Are offensive, rude or abusive to an individual or an organization;
- Are not sent by the author or are put forward for advertising purposes;
- Encourage illegal activity;
- Contain announcements from labour or political organizations;
- Are written in a language other than English or French;
- Are unintelligible or irrelevant;
- Are repetitive or spam; and,
- Do not, in our opinion, add to the normal flow of the discussion.
The views of users commenting on our social media accounts do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Many social media platforms have multiple language options and provide instructions on how to set your preferences. The Government of Canada respects the Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that our information is available in both French and English and that both versions are of equal quality.