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What are the effects of smoking on the body?

  • If you smoke you are more likely to develop several different types of cancer including lung, mouth, bladder, pancreatic, stomach and cervical cancer.
  • You are also more likely to develop heart disease or suffer from a stroke.
  • Smoking causes many respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
  • Smoking causes peripheral vascular disease, which reduces blood flow to the limbs and can result in amputations.
  • Smoking can also effect fertility and cause impotence.
  • On average, cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.
  • Smoking has also been shown to cause some mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression.

Do you know about the harm second hand smoking can cause?

Second-hand smoke can cause serious harm, particularly in children and infants.

  • Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of developing asthma, middle ear infection and meningitis along with many other conditions.
  • Mothers who smoke in pregnancy have an increased risk of premature birth, low birth weight and still birth.
  • Smoking during pregnancy is known to increase the risk of a miscarriage.
Every cigarette harms your baby Last reviewed: 18/12/2017

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