The harmful effects of smoking on health and well-being
It’s no longer a mystery – everyone knows that smoking has all sorts of negative impacts on health. Nevertheless, the number of people in Quebec who still smoke is alarming. Find out about the risks associated with tobacco use and take charge of your health by quitting smoking!
Cigarettes and death
Everyone knows that tobacco use can have disastrous consequences on your health. Nevertheless, many people decide to ignore the risk and go on smoking. According to the most recent statistics, nearly one out of every five people in Quebec is a smoker.
More than 4,000 chemical substances are present in cigarette smoke, including at least 50 that can cause cancer. These substances include arsenic, tar, and carbon monoxide. In addition to these toxic products, cigarettes also contain nicotine, which causes physical and psychological addiction to tobacco.
Smoking is among the leading causes of death around the world. Every year, nearly 13,000 people in Quebec die due to the consequences of smoking. It is estimated that a smoker is three times as likely to die between the ages of 35 and 70 as a non-smoker. In addition, half the people who smoke at age 20 and don’t quit die of a tobacco-related disease.