Up in Smoke: Addressing the Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, January 11, 2018
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Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable morbidity and mortality worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is responsible for over 5 million deaths annually. Although smoking prevalence has been steadily declining in Canada, millions of Canadians continue to smoke despite the health risks and nearly one in five deaths in Canada in 2012 were attributable to smoking. Although smoking rates have declined over the past several years, the costs continue to climb.

This 60-minute webinar will present key findings of the 2017 report The Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada, 2012, and will discuss the opportunities to reduce the burden of illnesses due to smoking from a policy, practice, and programs perspective.

Webinar Highlights

  • Smoking was responsible for approximately 45,000 deaths and almost 600,000 potential years of life lost in Canada in 2012.
  • Smokers cost the health care system $6.5 billion, with cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancers responsible for most of the cost.
  • Indirect costs were estimated at $9.5 billion, with lost production due to long-term disability being responsible for the largest proportion of indirect costs at $6.8 billion; lost production due to premature mortality cost $2.5 billion.
  • There is still more to be done to support Canadians to quit and preventing others from starting. Interventions need to focus on different settings and populations, including workplaces and children and youth.

About Thy

Photo of Thy DinhDr. Thy Dinh is the Director of Health Economics and Policy at the Conference Board. The majority of her research falls under the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). At the Conference Board, Thy has led the research on the health and economic impact of interprofessional primary care teams, the health economics of healthy active living, and the return-on-investment of expanded pharmacy services. Thy has a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Queen’s University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.

About Alexandru

Photo of Alexandru DobrescuAlexandru Dobrescu is a Research Associate/Analyst for the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). He provides research support and quantitative analysis to CASHC projects. Before joining the Board, Alexandru worked with a health care start-up creating technology-based smoking cessation tools capable of compiling datasets on smoking behaviour. Alexandru obtained a M.A. in economics from McGill University, where his graduate research focussed on the relationship between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and fluctuations in economic cycles.

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