Did you know that secondhand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in North America every year? That number includes almost 1000 infants. Those are deaths of non-smokers.
Isn’t that shocking?
Smokers are at high-risk for many diseases:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the mouth, lip, throat and voice box
- Pancreatic cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
Just to name a few – yikes!
Secondhand smoke can cause all of these diseases and more not only in smokers, but in non-smokers as well. For babies and children, no amount of second-hand smoke is safe. According to the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS), 4.5% of children between the ages of 0 and 17 years were regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in the home.
The thought of those stats is staggering. Isn’t it time for you to quit smoking…yet?
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