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Smoking and Tobacco



  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and illness in Ontario. 
  • There are approximately 13,000 tobacco-related deaths each year in Ontario that’s 36 deaths per day.
  • Tobacco-related diseases cost the Ontario economy at least $1.6 billion in healthcare annually, result in more than $4.4 billion in productivity losses, and account for at least 500,000 hospital stays each year.
  • Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke can cause major damage in children like: asthma attacks, alterations in lung development and chronic middle ear disease.
  • Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy complications, miscarriage, premature delivery, low-birth-weight infants, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome. More information
  • In adults, tobacco use is responsible for lung disease, heart disease and lung cancer as well as many other illnesses and disease.
  • Tobacco use is responsible for 80-90% of all cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). More information


  • Percentage of Ontario's youth reporting ever tried smoking a cigarette (even a puff):


Journey 2 Quit cover

Download or order a copy
of the Ontario Lung
Association's latest smoking cessation workbook,
Journey 2 Quit.