Tobacco use continues to be the primary preventable cause of death in Canada.
45,000 Canadians die from smoking each year: this number is growing and outstrips deaths from suicide, car accidents, AIDS and murder combined.
Smoking is the main risk factor associated with lung cancer; 80-90% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to smoking.
Cigarette smokers are 10x more likely to get lung cancer compared to those who have never smoked.
Smoking is also linked to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and other cancers such as cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney and bladder.
Smoking affects women differently than men.
In women, smoking is linked to lower fertility, cancer of the cervix, osteoporosis, and difficulties with both menstruation and menopause. Smoking during pregnancy is associated with lower birth weight babies.
Second-hand smoke has also recently been linked to breast cancer
Smoking by young women continues to outpace young men.
Young women believe that smoking will help to control their weight.