10/03/2013 09:37 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Cancer society says smoking success stories vary in Saskatchewan

REGINA - The Canadian Cancer Society wishes Regina could be a little bit more like Saskatoon.

A report released last month rated Saskatoon as the best city in Canada at protecting its citizens from second-hand smoke, while Regina was No. 16.

Society spokeswoman Donna Pasiechnik says the major difference is that Saskatoon includes the patios and decks of businesses in its anti-smoking bylaws.

She says that protects people from second-hand smoke and keeps children from seeing smoking, which makes them less likely to start themselves.

However, Pasiechnik says one in five teenagers in Saskatchewan is smoking, compared to one in 10 in the rest of Canada.

She says the society would like to see smoking banned at any large public gathering or sports field, even if it's outdoors.

“If we want to reduce cancer, we have to reduce smoking rates,” she said. “This is part of a big package to try and get those smoking rates down.”