PACT - Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco

PACT Facts

Knowledge is power — the more you know about the harmful effects of tobacco, the better informed your decisions about using will be. Continue to learn more each day about what you need to do to make a PACT to quit.

  • Smoking rates in Saskatchewan are high at 18%, but lower than they were just a couple years ago.  Way to go Saskatchewan!
  • Way more young people don’t smoke than do – join the majority
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body
  • Cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals, 50 of which are known to cause cancer
  • Smokers are more likely to continue smoking and to use larger amounts of nicotine over time
  • Probability of dependence after trying tobacco just once is 32%, heroin is 23% and cocaine is 17%
  • It only takes about three days of regular inhalation to become addicted
  • Heart Health

    • Quitting smoking may have a greater effect on reducing the risk of death among people with coronary heart disease than the effect of any other treatment
    • Risk of heart attack or stroke decreases by 50% within the first two years after smoking cessation
    • People who quit smoking after a heart attack or cardiac surgery reduce their risk of death by 36%
    • Two weeks of smoking cessation improves platelet aggregation
    • HDL/LDL ratio increases significantly 4 weeks after quitting smoking and statins (a drug used to control cholesterol levels) will work better
    • Young People

      • Young people who use tobacco cough and have asthma attacks more often
      • Teens who smoke have smaller lungs and weaker hearts than teens who don't smoke and get sick more often than teens who don't smoke
      • Youth that smoke are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine and marijuana
      • Young people vastly underestimate the addictiveness of nicotine. Nearly 75% of smokers who think they will quit in five to six years are still smoking when they are 40 years old, or older.
      • Cigarette smoking causes significant health problems among children and adolescents including coughing, shortness of breath, more respiratory illnesses, reduced physical fitness, decreased lung growth and function, and overall poorer health
      • The younger you begin to smoke, the more likely you are to be an adult smoker.
      • 70% of adolescent smokers wish they had never started smoking in the first place
      • When teens and adults smoke the same number of cigarettes a day, teens tend to become more dependent than do adults
      • Women who smoke…

      • Have lower bone density than women who never smoked and therefore have a greater risk of hip fracture
      • Double their risk of developing coronary heart disease
      • Have a risk of dying from lung cancer that is about 12 times higher than women who have never smoked. Since 1987, lung cancer has killed more women every year than breast cancer The three leading causes of death in women who smoke are lung cancer, heart disease, and chronic lung disease. All are linked to tobacco use. Smoking can also increase the risk of other cancers.
      • Pregnancy

      • Smoking may affect your ability to get pregnant
      • Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature or early delivery, and infants born with low birth weight
      • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs twice as often among babies of smoking mothers
      • Babies born to mothers who smoke, or smoked while they were pregnant cry more
      • Helping Women Quit
      • PREGNETS
      • EX
      • Second Hand Smoke

      • Exposure to second hand smoke causes wheezing, coughing, colds, earaches, ear infections and asthma attacks. Your children, spouse and even pets could be at risk.
      • Parents

      • Parents matter and do make a difference! Despite the influence of movies, music and television, parents have the greatest influence over their children. Be a good role model by not smoking and quit if you do. Try not to smoke around your children.
      • Your children are never too young to learn about the dangers of tobacco. Start talking to them at age five or six, and teach them how to say no.
      • Smokeless ≠ Harmless

        Just because it’s smokeless, doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Smokeless tobacco, or chew, is nasty and super dangerous because:

        • it delivers a larger dose of nicotine than smoking
        • it causes your teeth, jaw and mouth to rot away
        • it gives you stinky breath
        • it impairs your sense of taste and smell
        • cancer of the mouth can develop in the first five years, and 50% of all oral cancer victims die within 5 years
        • it increases heart rate, causes high blood pressure, slows your reaction time, and makes you tire quicker

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        Updated May 16, 2015