Did you know
The percentage of Ontario teenagers who smoke
increased from 23.8% in 1993 to 28.3% in 1999.
Secondhand smoke has been named the number one
cause of workplace death in British Columbia
An estimated 5.4 million people, or 21% of the
Canadian population aged 15 years and older, were smokers
in 2002, down from 22% in 2001. Men outnumbered women by a
small margin, with about 23% of men aged 15 years and older
smoking compared with 20% of women.
In 1985, daily smokers consumed an average of
21 cigarettes per day. Since then, the number of cigarettes
smoked has been gradually declining, falling to 16 cigarettes
per day in 2002.
Nicotine has an initial stimulatory effect,
which is why it gives the boost. After this initial stimulatory
phase, nicotine acts as a depressant, forcing you to get another
cigarette to feel the lift.
Carbon monoxide, one of the gasses released
from smoking, does not only cause damage to your lungs. The
breakdown products of cigarettes eventually reach the bladder,
pancreas, kidneys, breast, colon, and cervix. There is also
risk of disease of the mouth, tongue, throat, esophagus, air
passages, and stomach.
Second-hand smoke is more dangerous than directly
inhaled smoke. Second-hand smoke releases the same 4000 chemicals
as smoke that is directly inhaled, but in even greater quantity.
Second-hand smoke is linked to the deaths of
at least 1100 Canadians every year.