• Tobacco: The Number One Killer in Canada

    Smoking tobacco is one of the most dangerous addictions that can lead to cancer and death. Despite it, tobacco use along with other drugs has remained rampant in western societies. In Canada, tobacco use is one of the leading causes of death, accounting to almost 37,000 deaths per year; 11,000 of which die of heart related diseases.

    According to research, deaths caused by  tobacco use accounts to a larger number compared to deaths caused by alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, homicides, and other injuries. This is because tobacco use brings up a wide variety of diseases to chain smokers. They get 12 to 23 times the risk of getting lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than those who do not smoke. Research shows that first hand smoke can actually cause cancer in the larynx, liver, kidneys, nasal sinus, stomach, uterus; and respiratory infections like tuberculosis, bronchitis, severe asthma, and reduced lung function for kids who were found to abuse tobacco before reaching the age of 13. Another disease brought by first hand smoke is the coronary heart disease which contributes to the 29 percent of deaths on Canada. Women smokers are also at risk for infertility, low birth rate, and sudden infant death syndrome for new born babies at birth.

    Non-smokers are likewise at risk for the same disease through second hand smoke (SHS). Although the risk may be lower than first hand smoke, SHS risk for breast cancer in women is significantly high. According to records, 6, 300 non-smokers die each year. In addition, there is also an ongoing research for the effects of third hand smoke.

    According to the latest survey, the abuse of tobacco among teens and adults has drastically decreased. Research shows that within one year of quitting smoke, about one half will be cut from the people who are at risk for dying with heart disease due to the exposure to second hand smoke. But further use of tobacco would cause approximately one million Canadians to die over the next 20 years as a result of exposure to first hand smoke and second hand smoke.

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