Looking for the truth about tobacco use?
Here are the highlights:
- Tobacco kills 45,000 Canadians every year.
- In Ontario, 33 people die every day from tobacco products.
- Second-Hand smoke kills almost 8,000 people each year.
- There are more than 4,000 chemicals in each lit cigarette, including arsenic and formaldehyde.
- Cigarette smoke is the leading cause of lung disease for women and men.
- Women who smoke during pregnancy have a higher chance of complications.
- There is no such thing as a safer or healthier cigarette or commercial tobacco product.
- Tobacco is the only commercial product on the market that will kill you if used as intended.
Tobacco-related diseases cost the Ontario economy at least $1.7 billion for health care annually, result in more than $2.6 billion in productivity losses and account for at least 500,000 hospital days each year.
Did you know...
- that 4/5 Canadians do not smoke? Are you in the majority?
- of the smokers in Canada, half are ready to quit?
- that initially the withdrawal from nicotine in tobacco products can make you feel nauseous, irritable, and anxious, but that these symptoms won't last forever?
- that quitting smoking will re-energize you, give you a zest for life, not to mention make you extraordinarlily handsome or lovely?
- that if you never start, you'll never have to quit?
Need more information about tobacco use? Check out some of these resources:
Indicators of Youth Smoking; A Power Point Presentation
Smoking Profile for Ontario Youth; OTRU
Drug Use Among Ontario Students: 2009
Drug Use Among NW Ontario Students: 2005