1. People who smoke a packet of 20 cigarettes a day, reduced their bone density by about 4 or 5 per cent every 10 years. Something in cigarette smoke, though not necessarily nicotine, caused damage to the bone-forming cells inside the skeleton.
  2. For women, it drastically reduces the chances of conceiving.
  3. Smoking accounts for more than 30% of all deaths from cancer, almost 90% of deaths from lung cancer, and has replaced breast cancer as the leading cause of death due to cancer, for Canadian women.
  4. On average, smoking removes 15 years from a smoker’s expected life span. Second hand smoking has also shown to be a major risk factor is the development of disease in non-smokers.
  5. It’s a smoking fact that smoking is responsible for about a quarter of heart attack deaths.
  6. Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled and causes addiction to tobacco products.
  7. Smokers have lower levels of antioxidants in their blood which prevents from the damaged cells from repairing themselves.
  8. The carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene binds to cells in the airways and major organs of smokers.