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CIGARETTES ARE A BURNING ISSUE. No surprise here: smoking is by far the most preventable cause of breathing breakdown. Tobacco use not only ups the risk of lung cancer, it leads to COPD, and contributes to the early deaths of more than 37,000 Canadians every year. Secondhand smoke is just as harmful and there’s mounting evidence that third-hand smoke—the fumes trapped in furniture, carpet and fabric—is dangerous. The Lung Association is on a mission to reduce the number of people who smoke, particularly our youth, and support individuals in their effort to quit.

Quit smoking

Lighting up is just about the worst thing you can do to your breathing and your body. Which is why it’s so critical for smokers–with or without symptoms of lung disease–to quit.

Vaping (E-cigarettes)

Electronic cigarettes also known as e-cigarettes or vaping devices are hand held battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale aerosol or vapor that contains nicotine, or other substances. The main component of e-cigarettes are the pre-filled cartridges that are refillable and customizable based on nicotine content, vapor production, and flavour.

Cannabis or (Marijuana)

If you or someone you know is thinking about using cannabis, here are some things to know to help you make the best decision for your lung health. The best way to avoid any negative health impacts of cannabis is not to use. However if you are going to use we recommend you avoid smoking it. There is still a lot of research needed on non-combustible alternatives for cannabis but from a lung perspective smoking is likely the most harmful. If you do smoke cannabis recreationally don’t expose other people to second hand cannabis smoke, particularly children and other individuals with lung disease.

Smoke free environments

Inhaling secondhand smoke spells trouble. Just ask the approximately 1 in 5 kids in Ontario who suffer from asthma each year because they are routinely exposed to cigarette smoke in their homes, family cars or vacation accommodations. In fact, passive smoking is also a major culprit when it comes to ear infections, breathing problems, SIDS and various other conditions.

Smoking prevention for kids

Most smokers get hooked on cigarettes before they reach the ripe old age of 18. And they pay for it dearly. The evidence shows that those who start puffing early will be more severely addicted and more likely to develop irreversible and often deadly respiratory problems as they age. The Lung Association is doing everything it can to keep impressionable kids from starting to smoke in the first place. How? By giving them the tools and education they need to live a smoke-free life.

Smoking facts

Learn more about what is in a cigarette and how to prevent children and youth from starting to smoke.

Smoke-free resources

You have questions; we have videos, toolkits, leaflets, worksheets, DVDs and other valuable resources. The Lung Association provides materials free of charge to help people with breathing conditions, their families, and caregivers. We also have resources for healthcare professionals and other people who work in lung health. Use these free materials to show your lungs more love.