By stopping smoking, the smoker decreases the risk of developing digestive cancer.
This is particularly the case for colorectal, esophageal, stomach and liver cancers, which see their risks decrease after 10 years of smoking cessation.
uis, from 20 years of cessation, the risks of developing pancreatic cancer are similar to that of a person who does not smoke.
Patrice Godin, spokesperson for the Week for a Tobacco Free Quebec for the second year in a row, understood this well and that is why he invites the population to take concrete action to reduce the smoking rate in Quebec.
On average, smoking reduces life expectancy by 10 years. It is enormous! This is why I wanted to come back for a second consecutive year as a spokesperson. It is too important to pay attention to your health and there is still a lot of work to stop smoking in Quebec. It could be to quit smoking, to help someone quit or to educate a young person on the importance of not starting to smoke, ”he says.
“In fact, in the current context, it is more important than ever to pay attention to one’s health,” recalls Annie Papageorgiou. In addition to digestive cancers, smoking affects the respiratory system, and smokers are at greater risk of developing a severe form of COVID-19 than non-smokers. “
Smokers can also maximize their chances of successfully quitting by obtaining the free support offered by the specialists in smoking cessation I QUIT, available on the Internet on the site jarrete.qc.ca (iquitnow.qc.ca), by phone (1 866 JARRETE ), in person in Quebec smoking cessation centers and by text.
Remember that in 20194, in Quebec, 17% of the population aged 12 and over smoked, i.e. more than 1.2 million people. That’s more than 1 in 6. Quebec is above the Canadian average, which is 15.8% of smokers.