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Tobacco Facts

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

Last Updated: 4/29/2013

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