Effects of Long-Term Use
Cigarette smoking is recognized as the major preventable cause of premature death in Canada. Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, carbon monoxide, and thousands of other compounds, some of whichare carcinogens. The cost to society is staggering: out of every 1000 Canadians aged 20 who smoke,500 will die from smoking-related diseases before the age of 70. In Canada, 21% of deaths from allcauses is attributable to cigarette smoking. The social and economic cost estimates range from $9.5 to$12.3 billion per year in Canada. A portion of this cost is offset by tobacco taxes, reduced health carecosts to the elderly, and reduced pension payments, as these people die a premature death.