Facts About Smoking

"Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer in Canada. Smoking tobacco is the single most important preventable cause of lung cancer, accounting for 85% of all new cases of lung cancer in Canada."

  • "Smoking and Your Body" (Health Canada)
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    "[Second-hand] smoke works quickly. Tests show that within a matter of seconds after a pregnant woman breathes in [second-hand smoke] it begins to affect her unborn baby. For example, at a certain age, unborn babies begin to 'practice' the skills they will need to breathe later on. Muscles in their chests normally go through rhythmic contractions. But within seconds of being exposed to environmental tobacco smoke, these contractions can suddenly stop for hours at a time.

    Even your pets can be affected by your second-hand smoke. They too are more likely to develop cancer and other health problems."

  • "Second-Hand Smoke" (Health Canada)
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    "It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 50 of them have been proven to cause cancer. Most of the toxic chemicals of cigarette smoke, including carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide, are created when tobacco burns. Others such as lead, nitrosamines and nicotine are found naturally in unburned tobacco but are released as it burns."

  • "FAQs and Facts" (Health Canada)
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    "Tobacco kills about 45,000 Canadians a year. That's more than the total number of deaths from AIDS, car accidents, suicide, murder, fires and accidental poisonings combined."

  • "Facts About Smoking" (Canadian Lung Association)
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    "Most people who become smokers start in their teens. Tobacco companies are desperate to get teens hooked; as hundreds of thousands of adult smokers die off and quit, tobacco companies need teens to start smoking, so the tobacco companies can stay in business."

  • "Teens and Smoking" (Canadian Lung Association)