Information on Smoking: Statistics and Quitting Tools
posted on January 19, 2018
Smoking Trends in Canada
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in Canada. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, smoking causes 37,000 deaths annually. Smokers are at an increased risk of stroke and have a greater chance of developing heart disease in their lifetime.
On average, smokers can expect to live a full nine years less than non-smokers. Quitting before the age of 30 can nearly reverse this trend and quitting before 60 can add an average of 3 years to a person’s life.
It is estimated that 21 percent of deaths in Canada over the past decade can be attributed to smoking. As of 2011, about 20% of the Canadian population are smokers. While the rates of heavy smokers (25 cigarettes or more daily) have steadily fallen, the rates of light smokers (less than 14 cigarettes per day) have increased.
Men are more likely to smoke and be heavy smokers, however, the number of male heavy smokers continues to drop alongside the trend of increases in light smokers pointing to successes in harm reduction.
The social determinants of smoking are important considerations when trying to understand why people begin to smoke. Statistics Canada has found that the average person has their first cigarette at age 16 and is a daily smoker by age 18.
While fewer teenagers are starting to smoke, there is still a strong correlation between starting to smoke as an adolescent or teen and living in a home where one or more parents are smokers or who live in lower income homes.
By focusing on preventing young starting to smoke, the Canadian Government hopes to make a major impact on the overall health of the next generation.
The Quitting Process
Quitting smoking has both immediate and long-term benefits. Within just two days, you reduce your chance of having a heart attack and your sense of taste and smell begin to improve. After fifteen years, your risk of heart disease is the same as a person who has never smoked.
Finding a way to quit smoking that works for you takes time and effort. Kinjunxion offers a number of informative resources on the topic of smoking and smoking cessation. From tips on how using e-cigarettes and other forms of nicotine replacement to how surrounding yourself with social support groups work to ensure you achieve a tobacco-free life, there is something to be found for anyone looking for help quitting smoking.
Other important resources include Health Canada’s guide to quitting smoking On the Road to Quitting which contains a good deal of helpful and supportive tools and techniques to make sure that you succeed in the process of quitting and remaining smoke-free.
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