Every year, around 100,000 people in the UK die from smoking.
Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers as well as many other types including mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, liver and breast cancer. In addition to this smoking can also increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) such as heart attacks and stroke. Smoking can also have a negative effect on fertility for males and females as well as causing weak and brittle bones, particularly in females.
It is never too late to quit and the benefits start straight away:
- 20 minutes - your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
- 1 hour - your body starts to get rid of tobacco toxins
- 8 hours - your levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in the blood are cut in half
- 24 hours - carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body, your lungs start to clear and your chance of a heart attack starts to decrease
- 48 hours - there is no nicotine left in your body. Your taste and smell start to improve and your nerve endings begin to re-grow. Walking becomes easier
- 72 hours - your breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase
- 2 - 12 weeks - your circulation improves throughout your whole body making walking easier