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Take the World No Tobacco Day quiz

May 27, 2013
World No Tobacco Day is being celebrated around the world on Friday, May 31 to mark the progress being made globally to eliminate the use of tobacco industry products. These products are responsible for killing more than 5 million people every year, including 37,000 Canadians.

­­­Editor’s Note: Friday, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day 

SIMCOE MUSKOKA - World No Tobacco Day is being celebrated around the world on Friday, May 31 to mark the progress being made globally to eliminate the use of tobacco industry products. These products are responsible for killing more than 5 million people every year, including 37,000 Canadians.

Take this quiz to see how much you really know about the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Canada.

True or False

1.         Smoking kills one of every two long-term regular users – half of them in middle age. True/False

2.         The children of tobacco users are twice as likely to become users compared to kids of non-smoking parents.  True/False

3.         It cost two to three times more to repair and refurbish a rental unit where the tenants have been smoking daily than a non-smoking unit. True/False

4.         Landlords can choose to make a vacant apartment No Smoking as a condition of a new lease. True/False

5.         Chew tobacco has abrasives added to it that make tiny cuts in the mouth so nicotine can be absorbed. True/False

6.         Laws prohibiting smoking on school property are only meant for students. True/False

7.         The tobacco used in water/hookah pipes is not addictive. True/ False

8.         It is not illegal to give tobacco to someone under 19. True/False

9.         A municipality can pass a bylaw to ban smoking in and around the places kids play to protect them from drifting smoke and promote positive role modeling. True/False   

10.       It’s never too late to quit smoking to improve your health. True/False

Answers follow                                                                                                      

How did you do? Here are the answers and explanations.

Answers  1-T ; 2-T ; 3-T ; 4-T ; 5-T ; 6-F ; 7-F ; 8-F ; 9-T ; 10-T

1.         True – Tobacco product use causes many types of cancers and heart and lung diseases responsible for more than 37,000 deaths in Canada every year. Secondhand smoke is also dangerous to both smokers and non-smokers who breathe it.

2.         True – The children of tobacco users are twice as likely to try and become addicted to tobacco just like their parents or guardians. Positive role modeling helps youth choose to be tobacco free.

3.         True – Landlords surveyed estimate cleaning, wall sealer, painting and the cost to replace fridge seals and other components damaged by the tobacco residue can double or triple those of a smoke-free unit. More info is available on the Smoke-free Housing Ontario website.

4.         True – Landlords can choose to make their rental properties smoke free and no-smoking policies are enforceable. The vast majority of Ontarians don’t smoke and would prefer to live in smoke-free buildings.

5.         True – Abrasives are useful in cutting your gums so the nicotine can be absorbed quickly. These open cuts can lead to additional problems.

6.         False – The law prohibits smoking on school property by everyone at all times, including after school and community events held on school property.

7.         False – Don’t be fooled; all tobacco is addictive. Many so-called herbal products sold for use in water pipes and hookahs have been found to contain tobacco. Added flavouring helps to disguise the taste of tobacco and make it more appealing.

8.         False – It is illegal to give or sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 19 whether it is lending a smoke to a friend or supplying them to your teen.

9.         True – Thirteen municipalities in Simcoe Muskoka now have Outdoor Smoke-free Spaces bylaws to clear the air at the entrances to recreation facilities, in parks, playing fields, trails, beaches and more. If your municipality doesn’t have a comprehensive bylaw, ask for one.

10.       True – As soon as you quit smoking your body begins to repair itself. Within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal. Within one year your risk of heart disease is about one-half that of someone who smokes.

More information about all topics covered in this quiz is available on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. 

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