Did you know that second hand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in North America every year? That number includes almost 1000 infants. Those are deaths of non-smokers.
In shock yet?
Smokers are at high risk for many diseases:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the mouth, lip, throat and voice box
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
To name a few.
Second hand smoke can cause all of these diseases and more in non-smokers as well.
For babies and children, no amount of second-hand smoke is safe. According to the 2012 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS), 4.5% of children between the ages of 0 and 17 years were regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in the home.
Time to quit smoking.
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