Extreme heat impacts our lives in various ways. It effects our transportation systems by grounding airplanes and halting trains, our food supply by wrecking crops and killing livestock, and importantly, our health.
Across Canada, smoking leads to 37,000 deaths every year, meaning that someone dies every 12 minutes due to some smoking-related illness. Altogether, cigarettes kill more people than the combined deaths from traffic accidents, drug abuse, suicides, and murders across the country.
Although many of us are aware of the negative social effects of drinking, as well as the consequences we may face if we are not careful and responsible, it is all too easy to neglect the health effects that come with drinking.
With warming temperatures and thus, more regions growing to become increasingly habitable, climate change is creating a more livable environment for vectors that spread infectious, and often sever, diseases. In recent years, this spread has been very evident in Canada with the northern advance of ticks.