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Why Quit:

1. Benefits of Quitting Smoking

There are many health benefits to quitting smoking…

Time passed

Health Benefits

20 minutes

  • Heart rate drops

8 hours

  • Lungs begin to clear

48 hours

  • Smell and taste improve

72 hours

  • Breathing becomes easier
  • Energy levels increase

2 weeks to 3 months

  • Blood flow improves

6 months

  • Coughing, tiredness and shortness of breath improves

1 year

  • Decreased risk of heart attack

Quitting smoking means…

  • Saving money
  • Setting a good example for youth especially younger siblings
  • No more yellow stains on fingers and teeth
  • You won’t smell like smoke
  • A better dating and social life

2. Second-Hand Smoke

Quitting smoking will protect yourself and the people around you from second-hand smoke.

What is Second-Hand Smoke?

  • It is the smoke that is blown into the air, and the smoke that enters the air from the burning end of cigarettes, cigarillos, and hand rolled cigarettes

What’s in Second-Hand Smoke?

  • There are over 4000 chemicals in second hand smoke
  • There are 69 known cancer causing agents in second hand smoke

Toxin in Smoke

Where it is found

What it does to your body

Carbon Monoxide

  • fumes from cars
  • damage to heart and blood vessels
  • diarrhea
  • increases breathing and heart rate
  • seizures
  • vomiting


  • used for road repair
  • cancer
  • lung damage


  • household cleaners
    (e.g. glass cleaners)
  • eye damage
  • asthma


  • fluid for preserving dead bodies
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • eye, nose, throat and lung irritation


  • gasoline
  • rubber
  • detergents
  • causes cancer

Hydrogen Cyanide

  • rat poison
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • weight loss
  • headaches
  • death

Welcome to Reality

  • There is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke
  • 1/3 of non-smoking Canadians are exposed to second hand smoke everyday
  • Each year in Canada, 300 non-smokers will die from lung cancer because of second hand smoke
  • An additional 4000 non-smokers will die from other illnesses related to second hand smoke

What can you do?

  • Ask people not to smoke around you and tell them why
  • Support family and friends if they try to quit smoking
  • Encourage friends not to start smoking
  • Advocate with your local Member of Parliament (MP) for smoke free outdoor spaces

Third-Hand Smoke:

  • Is the smoke that clings to all surfaces; couch, carpet, counter, walls, food, clothes, skin, hair, etc
  • Contains all the chemicals of second hand smoke
  • Builds up on surfaces over time

Something to think about….

  • Children and infants are at a greater risk of being exposed to third-hand smoke more than adults
  • Most people know second-hand smoke is harmful, but 50% of people aren’t aware of third-hand smoke and its risks

3. Effects on the Environment

There are several negative effects of tobacco use on the environment:

  • One in eight trees is cut down to provide land for tobacco growing, which is equal to almost 9 million acres of forest
  • Cigarette papers alone consume about 350, 000 tonnes of paper a year
  • Tree cutting results in soil erosion, reduced nutrients in the soil, loss of habitat, and global warming
  • Tobacco smoke causes air pollution
  • One tree is equal to 300 cigarettes
  • Cigarette butts take an average of 25 years to decompose