Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. In Canada, smoking is becoming less and less popular because the government is trying to get people to quit or stop smoking. The government changes the laws to make it more expensive and more difficult to smoke.

Smoking is very expensive in Canada, because the government puts very high taxes on cigarettes. It now costs almost $10 to buy a pack of cigarettes, and most of it is tax. If you smoke one pack every day, that is:

  • $70 a week
  • $300 a month
  • $3600 a year!

In Montreal, you can’t smoke inside any public buildings: in schools, stores, metro stations, shopping centres, restaurants and bars it is illegal to smoke. You can’t even smoke in front of the door of the building. You have to go outside, even if the weather is very cold or raining. Don’t smoke in washrooms or stairs, either. If the security guard catches you, you may have to pay a fine!

However, for some people, it can be difficult to quit. You can buy special gum, or you can go the doctor to get a prescription for special nicotine patch to put on your skin. If you want help or ideas about how to quit smoking, you can read this pamphlet from Concordia Health Services called Quit Smoking.

There are many good health reasons to quit. In fact, your body will start to heal within 24 hours of quitting:

  • Within 8 hours, the carbon monoxide (CO) level drops in your body and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal
  • Within 48 hours, your chances of having heart problems start to go down and your sense of smell and taste begin to improve
  • Within 72 hours, your lungs work better and breathing becomes easier
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months, blood circulation improves and your lung ability increases up to 30 percent
  • Within 6 months, coughing, tiredness and shortness of breath improve
  • Within 1 year, your risk of suffering a smoking-related heart attack is cut in half
  • Within 10 years, the risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half
  • Within 15 years, the risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked

If you decide to try quitting, good luck, you won’t regret it.

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