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The dangers and the law

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Is tobacco dangerous?

Yes, there are many health risks related to smoking and other tobacco use. It is the number one cause of preventable, premature death in Canada!

  • Kids who start smoking early are more likely to become heavy smokers. They have more risk of getting health problems or dying from smoking.
  • Tobacco kills more Canadians than alcohol, AIDS illegal drugs, car crashes, suicide and murder all combined.
What are the health effects of tobacco?

Teens who smoke begin to show the damage within a few years. They have:

  • lungs that may grow more slowly or don’t work as well
  • poorer physical fitness
  • more colds and coughs
  • more phlegm (thick mucous)
  • more wheezing and asthma

Long-term effects

  • More than 30 per cent of all cancer in the world is caused by tobacco.
  • Smoking causes 90 per cent of lung cancer. It is also linked to many other cancers—including cancers of the head and neck, stomach, kidney and bladder.
  • People who smoke have more risk of cardiovascular (heart-related) disease, including heart attacks and strokes.
  • Smoking can cause respiratory (breathing-related) diseases, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • People who smoke have weaker immune systems and are sick more often.
  • They are more likely to get stomach ulcers.
  • They are also more likely to have problems with sex (erections) and fertility.
  • About half the people who start smoking in their teens and keep on smoking will die from a tobacco-related cause.
Can breathing in someone else’s smoke cause health problems?

Yes. Smoke from someone else’s cigarette is called second-hand smoke. Children whose parents smoke:

  • get more ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia
  • get asthma more often and have worse asthma attacks
  • are more likely to die as infants when exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • in Canada, it is illegal to sell or give tobacco to anyone under the age of 18.
  • some provinces have stricter laws. In Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, it is illegal to sell or give tobacco to anyone under the age of 19.
  • some provinces have laws against young people possessing tobacco. In Alberta, it is illegal to possess tobacco if you are under 18. In Nova Scotia, the age is 19.
  • tobacco advertising and sponsorship is banned in Canada.

Did you know?

Pregnant girls and women who smoke have more risk of problems, including:

  • miscarriage
  • having their baby born too soon
  • having their baby born dead
  • having a smaller baby.

Did you know?

Mothers who smoke pass on nicotine and other cancer-causing chemicals to their babies through breast milk. These chemicals are even in the breast milk of mothers who are around second-hand smoke.

Is tobacco legal?
  • In Canada, it is illegal to sell or give tobacco to anyone under the age of 18
  • Some provinces have stricter laws.  In Ontario, British columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, it is illegal to sell or give tobacco to anyone under the age of 19.
  • Tobacco advertising and sponsorship is banned in Canada
  • In Canada, cigarette packaging laws are strict. Cigarette packages must show how much tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide the cigarettes produce. But beware! Smokers can easily take in more than the amounts reported on the package just by puffing more or inhaling more deeply.

Did you know?

In Ontario, you can be fined for selling or giving tobacco to anyone under 19. For an individual, the fine is up to $4,000 for the first offence. For a store or company, the fine is up to $10,000 for the first offence and up to $150,000 for a third offence or more.

Did you know?

In Ontario, it is against the law to smoke or even hold a lit cigarette on school property! This includes smoking in a car parked on school property.

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