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.