The Dangers of Smoking or Vaping Commercial Tobacco – FNHA

Nov 03, 2021

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to recognize the challenges for individuals and families diagnosed with this dangerous disease. Not only is lung cancer one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among First Nations people, there is a worrying trend showing these rates are increasing.

It is estimated that over 80 per cent of all lung cancer cases are directly related to smoking commercial tobacco and this continues to be the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Canada.

The FNHA wellness streams—Being Active, Eating Healthy, Nurturing Spirit and Respecting Tobacco—are approaches that can help improve health and play a major role in preventing some of the most commonly diagnosed cancers.

If you use commercial tobacco, quitting can be one of the best ways to improve overall physical health and help reduce the chance of developing cancer.

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