It has been several years since smoking has been prohibited in public places. The smoking rate has decreased from 25% in 2006 to 20% in 2008. Although these figures are encouraging, the fact remains that secondhand smoke continues to kill people.

Secondhand smoke is what comes out of a burning cigarette and smoke that is exhaled by the smoker. This smoke contains carcinogenic chemicals even though they have been directly inhaled by the smoker. Once the cigarette is out, secondhand smoke remains in the environment and is still toxic.

Towards a Smoke-Free World…

1. Because tobacco is directly linked to several serious health problems (lung cancer and throat, emphysema, stroke, etc.).

2. Because secondhand smoke is very harmful, especially for children.

3. Because smoking is expensive! If you smoke a pack a day, you spend about $ 63 per week, $ 252 per month, $ 3 285 per year and $ 16 500 within five years.

4. Because smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancer cases and 85% of cases of lung cancer.

5. Because smoking causes the skin to become duller.

6. Because smoking gives you bad breath, yellow teeth and affects the health of hair.

7. Because after only four days without smoking, there is more nicotine in the blood of smokers.

8. Because after three months without smoking, circulation improves and lung function increases dramatically.

9. Because after five years without smoking, your risk of developing lung cancer is halved.

10. Because after 10 years without smoking, the risk of lung cancer is similar to that of a nonsmoker.

Five ways to quit smoking

Choose a method, which you believe, is good for you. Success depends mainly on the preparation and control.

1. Patches. There is talk of 15% success after three months.

2. Chewing gum. They are very effective, but they can sometimes be addictive.

3. Zyban: Mainly used as an antidepressant, Zyban may also be prescribed by a doctor to quit smoking.

4. Acupuncture, hypnosis or homeopathic products. These alternative methods are often combined with another tool and used as an approach.

5. Support groups. These groups are beneficial because they make the smoker feel less alone and help them to manage the withdrawal symptoms better.

Did You Know?

There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco. Fifty of them are carcinogenic (nicotine, tar, hydrogen cyanide, etc.).