Smoking: Did you know…?
- The Ontario government spends $817,733,502 on acute care hospitalization for both active and passive smokers.
- It costs over $2,000 a year, to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.
- Tobacco kills approximately 37,000 Canadians each year.
- Diseases caused by second-hand smoke include: Heart Disease, Lung Cancer, Nasal Sinus Cancer and Non-Malignant Respiratory Disease.
- 300 non-smokers will die of lung cancer and at least 700 non-smokers will die of coronary heart disease caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.
Second-Hand Smoking Statistics:
- Each year, more than 1,000 non-smoking Canadians die from second-hand smoke.
- Second-hand smoke causes sore eyes and throat, nasal irritation, headaches, coughing and wheezing, nausea and dizziness.
- Breathing in second-hand smoke can also trigger asthma attacks and increase your chances of getting bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Non-smokers who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of contracting lung cancer and heart disease. Increased chances of cancer of the sinuses, brain, breast, uterine, cervix, thyroid, as well as leukemia and lymphoma are also noted.
- Last year more than one-half million Canadians quit smoking (513,426 people).
- On average it takes 3.1 attempts before someone quits smoking.
- More than half of Canadians who smoked at one time have now successfully quit smoking.
- Most smokers – men and women – are intending to quit in the next 6 months.
- Within 8 hours of quitting smoking, carbon monoxide levels drop in your body and oxygen levels in your blood increases.
- After 2 days, your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
- Within 2 weeks to 3 months, your lungs work better making it easier to breathe.
- After 6 months, coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve.
- Within 1 year of quitting, your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is reduced by half.
For more information on how to quit smoking, contact the Canadian Smokers' Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.