If you’re a big hit with the drinks and the cigarettes, surely you’ve found out until now that your chances of living a long and healthy life are practically zero. A new report coming from the Public Health Ontario and Ontario Health and that Ottawa Citizen tells the world about comes to confirm that smoking and consuming alcohol is clearly not a good idea.
In Ottawa, over a thousand people perish each year due to smoking-related ailments, while an average of 264 locals pass away due to the consumption of alcohol.
More than 16,000 deaths per year
In Ontario, smoking-related causes claim the lives of over 16,000 individuals annually based on statistics from 2014-2018. Similarly, alcohol consumption is attributed to an average of 4,330 deaths each year, including fatalities caused by communicable diseases, motor vehicle accidents, cardiovascular disease, unintentional injuries, and cancer. The fatalities caused by smoking include respiratory illnesses, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
In the report, the researchers wrote, as Ottawa Citizen quotes:
The overall burden of disease caused by smoking and alcohol use is considerable,
Reducing smoking and alcohol use in Ontario has the potential to decrease the substantial burden of disease caused by these two substances.
Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death worldwide, and is linked to a wide range of health problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory infections, and other types of cancer. Secondhand smoke can also be harmful to others.
Alcohol consumption can also have negative effects on health, particularly when consumed in excess. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of a range of health problems, including liver disease, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Alcohol can also impair judgment and increase the risk of accidents and injuries, including motor vehicle accidents.