Too many northerners smoke. If you smoke you waste a lot of money and harm your body and that’s a fact. If you don’t smoke, here’s some information that may make you think twice before you start. If you do smoke now, the same information will give you a reason to stop.
That’s why the Government of the Northwest Territories sponsors the “Don’t be a Butthead” program. Check it out by doing to the web site using the link below:
Don't Be A Butthead
By giving you the facts about what smoking means to your body we hope you'll make an informed decision about lighting up.
- Tobacco smoke is made up mainly of tar (which builds up in your lungs), nicotine and carbon monoxide. It also contains other poisonous substances like cyanide, formaldehyde and ammonia.
- Smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff) is also very dangerous to our health. Smokeless tobacco users are more likely to develop cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue, gums, and throat. You are also more likely to develop dental problems such as cavities, tooth loss and gum disease.
- The nicotine in tobacco is one of the most addictive substances known. About eight out of every ten people who try smoking get hooked.
- Tobacco use causes many different kinds of cancer -- and not just lung cancer. Think mouth, throat, pancreas, bladder, kidney and cervix. Then there's respiratory and heart disease.
- Young women who smoke and are taking birth control pills increase their chances for serious heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
- Second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer among non-smokers.
- A Canadian dies every 12 minutes of a tobacco related disease.
Information above provided by Health Canada