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Tobacco use is the number 1 cause of preventable disease and death in Canada and causes 45,000 Canadian deaths each year.
Smoking causes about 30% of cancer deaths in Canada and about 85% of lung cancer deaths.
In 2017, 28,600 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer and 21,100 died of the disease.
The number of lung cancer deaths exceeds the total number of deaths from colorectal cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
In addition to lung cancer, smoking can cause many other cancers including:
The overwhelming majority of smokers begin to smoke as teens or pre-teens. In 2015, smoking among youth aged 15–19 years was 10% or about 201,000 teens. Among Canadians over the age of 12, smoking in 2016 was 17% or about 5.2 million Canadians.
Health Canada – Tobacco
World Health Organization – Tobacco Free Initiative
World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.