- 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.
- For women, it drastically reduces the chances of conceiving.
- 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.
- 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.
- It’s a smoking fact that smoking is responsible for about a quarter of heart attack deaths.
- Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled and causes addiction to tobacco products.
- Smokers have lower levels of antioxidants in their blood which prevents from the damaged cells from repairing themselves.
- The carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene binds to cells in the airways and major organs of smokers.