Smoking: The Facts
Each year over 100,000 people in the UK die each year from smoking-related diseases. Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.
Your risk of disease
- Around 50% of all regular cigarette smokers die from smoking-related diseases
- Life expectancy for long-term smokers is approx. 10 years less than a non-smoker
- Almost 90% of lung cancer deaths, around 80% of bronchitis and emphysema deaths and circa 17% of deaths from heart disease are caused by smoking
- About a THIRD of all cancer deaths are caused by smoking, including lung, lip, mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, stomach, liver and cervix cancer
- If you smoke 1—14 cigarettes a day, you increase your risk of dying from lung cancer x 8 compared with non-smokers
- Smokers under the age of 40 have 5 x the risk of having a heart attack than non-smokers
Other health and physical problems
- Smoking affects your sense of taste and smell
- Smokers are more likely to have bad breath, stained teeth and fingers
- Smokers are more likely to develop facial wrinkles at a younger age and have dental problems
- In women, smoking affects fertility, increases chance of miscarriage
- Babies born to smokers are more likely to suffer from poor health
- In men, smoking can cause impotence and sperm abnormalities, associated with infertility
Second-hand smoke also harms babies and children, increasing their risk of respiratory infections, asthmas, chronic coughs, glue ear cot death.
- Circa 10 million adults smoke cigarettes in the UK — approximately a sixth of the total UK population
- 22% of men and 21% of women smoke in the UK
- Two-thirds of all smokers started before age 18
- In 2009-10 the UK Government earned £10.5 billion in revenue from the sale of cigarettes (incl. VAT)
- In contrast, the UK Government spent £83.9m on public smoking cessation services and £61.8m on stop smoking medication
- 22% of women and 30% of men are now ex-smokers
- Surveys indicate that 70% of smokers would like to quit smoking
The good news:
- It is never too late to stop smoking. Quitting can make a big difference to your health. For example, if you stop in middle age, before developing cancer or serious disease, you can avoid most of the increased risks associated with smoking.
- Many people have given up smoking. Smoking rates have fallen steadily over the last 40 years, from just under 50% of the population in 1972 to under a 1/4 at present.
- Many people struggle with traditional stop smoking methods, e.g. willpower and nicotine replacement therapies, but with the right support and your commitment to quitting you can stop smoking permanently.
Are you ready to become an satisfied and healthier ex-smoker?
Find more about how our stop smoking hypnotherapy treatment programme could help you become a satisfied non-smoker, or to book an appointment, please contact Katie Glen on 020 8712 5981 today.