It goes without saying that smoking is bad for your health. Smokers lose an average of 16 years of life through smoking related illness and disease combined.
Smoking kills more people in the UK every year than road accidents, drug and alcohol related deaths and suicide combined.
The facts are that:
Smoking causes over 8 out of 10 cases (80%) of lung cancer in the UK and can also increase your risk of cancer of the mouth, nose and sinuses, voice box, food pipe, stomach, pancreas, bladder, lived, cervix, kidney, ovary, bowel and acute myeloid leukaemia.
Lung disease causes one-fifth of the UK's annual smoking-related deaths. Lung disease covers a group of conditions (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema) that damage the lungs, blocking the passage of air in and out, and making it difficult to breathe. Smokers are over 10 times as likely to die from lung disease as those who have never smoked.
When you’re pregnant, the nicotine, carbon monoxide and chemicals from your cigarettes pass straight into your blood and through the placenta to your baby.
For you, this means:
For your baby:
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections. Children who grow up in a smoking household are 90% more likely to become smokers themselves. AND, 73% of children worry that their mum or dad will die because they smoke.