World No Tobacco Day May 31

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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