10 Reasons to quit smoking

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19 July 2019

According to the NHS, 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking. The health risks that smoking comes with are numerous and even if you don’t smoke, if people around you do you can still be exposed to many of those risks too. Here are ten reasons to consider quitting for good.

1 Smoking increases your risk of developing over 50 serious health conditions including cancers, stroke and heart disease. 70% of cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking.

2 Smokefree.gov states “Smokers who quit before age 40 reduce their chance of dying too early from smoking-related diseases by about 90%. Those who quit by age 45–54 reduce their chance of dying too early by about two-thirds.”

3 You will be protecting those around you from your second-hand smoke, or passive smoking. Exposing children to second-hand smoke can increase their risk of developing meningitis and chest infections.

4 Smoking damages your heart and circulation. This increases your risk of developing conditions such as coronary heart disease or having a heart attack.

5 Your hair, skin and clothing will stop smelling like smoke. You will also notice that your home smells nicer.

6 Smoking can dull your sense of taste and smell.

7 Changes in your skin can occur, especially if you are a long-term smoker. Deeper wrinkles and leathery texture are caused by the constriction of your blood vessels as smoking limits the oxygen that can reach them.

8 Smoking increases the chances of impotence dramatically for men. It limits the blood supply to the penis. Smoking can also reduce fertility in both men and women.

9 If you smoke while pregnant it can cause complications. Stillbirth and miscarriage risks increase as well as the chance of premature birth.

10 You will save money otherwise spent on cigarettes.

You can get help to quit smoking from the NHS Self-help Tips or visit NHS Smokefree.

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