Smoking Effects on Health


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Unfortunately, smoking has a negative effect on your health. These can be life-threatening, and the sooner you stop smoking, the quicker your body can recover from the damage and lower the risk of getting a disease. If you do not stop smoking and continue to smoke for your entire life, there is a 50% chance that you will die from a disease or illness that is the result of your smoking habit.

What are the facts?

Sometimes it seems like people are ragging on and on about how bad smoking is for you, but are there even any facts? Research has proven how smoking negatively affects your health, for example:

  • Between 2007 and 2008, 1.4 million NHS hospital admissions for diseases were from people who smoked
  • In 2008, 83900 people died as a result of smoking
  • In England, one in five adults over 35 years old die due to smoking

So, what exactly are the risks?

The above statistics indicate how smoking can develop life-threatening diseases. Research has been compiled which demonstrates the risks that smokers are vulnerable to in comparison to people who do not smoke. These include:

  • Increasing the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke to 2 to 4 times more likely
  • Increasing the risk of men having lung cancer by 23 times and the risk of women having lung cancer by 13 times
  • Increasing the chance of dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases by 12 to 13 times more likely
  • Increasing the risk or cancer: Medical researchers have established that there is a link between smoking and cancer, and some of the cancers you can get from smoking include:
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

This shows how the risks of developing a disease are much greater if you smoke, which could potentially make you part of the above statistics if you continue smoking throughout your whole life.


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