Tobacco

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Effects on the Body

Tobacco, Lung Cancer, and Secondhand Smoke - Smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Canada. Smoking kills more than 37,000 Canadians each year - six times more than vehicle collisions, suicides, murders, and AIDS combined.

Smoking and Pregnancy - Smoking during pregnancy increases the risks to your health and to your growing baby's health. The best thing you can do is quit. We can help.

Secondhand Smoke and Children's Health - Secondhand smoke contains toxic substances including more than 40 which can cause cancer. Children are especially vulnerable. In pregnancy, smoking deprives an unborn baby/fetus of needed oxygen and other nutrients.

Smoking and Oral Health - The risk of developing destructive gum disease is almost three times higher for people who smoke or use chew or other smokeless tobacco. Tobacco users are also four times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers.

Chew, Dip, Snus Tobacco - All types of smokeless tobacco products are addictive because they contain nicotine. If you hold an average size dip or chew in your mouth for 30 minutes, you get as much nicotine as you do from about three cigarettes.

Hookah and Waterpipes - There has been an alarming increase in the use of waterpipes in North America in the past decade. Used to smoke moist tobacco or other herbal products, they are harmful to users and those who breathe the secondhand smoke.

E-Cigarettes - You've probably been hearing about and seeing e-cigarettes being advertised online and in new stores popping up around the region. It's important to understand what they are, what they aren't, and what's approved and legal, without all the marketing hype from the tobacco industry and others who are promoting their use.

Page Last Modified: Tuesday, 05 November 2013.