Why quit?

Reason one: Smoking is bad for your health!

If you smoke 15 to 20 cigarettes a day, you are very likely to become unwell with respiratory diseases that will affect your day-to-day life. You will also increase your risk of developing heart disease and various cancers. 25-a-day smokers are 25 times more likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers.

Find out how smoking affects different parts of your body.

Reason two: Smoking is bad for your looks!

When you smoke, you reduce the oxygen in your blood, which causes:

  • Premature ageing and wrinkling
  • Grey, parched skin
  • Gum disease and tooth loss

Reason three: Smoking is a slow poison

There are about 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 50 of which cause cancer. They include:

  • Tar (the stuff used to surface roads)
  • Carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas)
  • Acetone (used in nail polish remover)
  • Ammonia (found in cleaning fluids)
  • Arsenic (a deadly poison)
  • Formaldehyde (preserves dead bodies)
  • Cyanide (another deadly poison)

Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco, but it is not the most harmful. All it can cause is just:

  • Increase feelings of agitation
  • light headedness
  • nausea

Reason four: Smoking is bad for your sex life!

Research has shown that smoking increases the risk of impotence among men in their 40s.

Reason five: Smoking is bad for your bank balance!

  • 20-a-day smokers can expect to spend £3,664 per year
  • 40-a-day smokers will spend £7,329 per year

These figures are based on a pack of cigarettes costing £10.04.

Find out how much smoking costs you.

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