May 31…World No Tobacco Day!
The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.
Some unfortunate statistics:
- There are approximately 4.7-million smokers in Canada.
- When surveyed, the majority (upwards of 90%) of smokers express a desire to quit.
- This year, more than 37,000 Canadians will die prematurely as a result of tobacco use.
- Tobacco use represents a substantial cost to the Canadian health care system, and to the Canadian economy.
- Total direct health care costs linked to tobacco use are over $4.4 billion per year.
- When indirect cost (e.g. lost wages, productivity, etc.) are included, the total annual economic cost of tobacco to the Canadian economy is more than $17 billion.
- Smoking is linked to 30% of all cancer deaths in Canada.
- Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death.
- The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke.
- Unless we act, smoking will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low– and middle-income countries.
Learn more from the World Health Organization here.
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