Smoking Facts

A random list of statements, facts and figures relating to smoking. Hopefully this list will give you the final push to be committed to giving up smoking. 

- If you smoke more than 25 cigarettes a day are 25 times more likely to die from cancer and almost twice as likely to die from heart disease.

- Each cigarette on average takes 11 minutes off your life.

- Fifty diseases are caused by smoking causes. Twenty of them are fatal.

- Seven out of ten smokers say that they want to give up.

- Nicotine stimulates the central nervous system, which increases the heart rate and blood pressure.

- If you carry on smoking you have a one in two chance of dying from it.

- Smoking is the number one avoidable cause of premature death in the UK.

- Smoking related diseases cost the UK National Health Service about £1.7 billion a year.

- If you want facial wrinkles at an early age just carry on smoking.

- £1,600 that's how much you could save if you gave up your twenty a day habit.

- Nicotine is an insecticide.

- £800 is what the average smoker give to the UK government in tax each year.

- The risk from smoking pipes can be as great as smoking cigarettes.

- Cigarettes contain tar, a complex mixture of chemicals, many of which are known to cause cancer.

- As each year passes, your addiction will become greater and will increase the difficulty of quitting.

- Any children growing up in a house where tobacco is regularly used are more likely to get asthma, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis and become tobacco users themselves.

- The benefits start as soon as you stop.

- Stomach ulcers are made worse by smoking.

- In the UK, about Three Hundred people are killed everyday, simply because they were smokers.

- You can always benefit from quitting smoking. Even if you are over 70 years of age.

- Cigarette smoking increases the risk of having a heart attack by two or three times.

- Every year 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital due to the effects of passive smoking.

- Smoking causes at least 80% of all deaths from lung cancer.

- Less than 10% of lung cancer patients survive five years.

- 83% of smokers say they would not smoke if they had their life again.

- Teenage smokers experience more asthma and respiratory symptoms than non-smokers.

- Chemicals that can be found in tobacco smoke:

  • Benzene - A poisonous gas found in petrol fumes. Known to cause leukaemia.
  • Butane - Lighter fuel.
  • Ethanol - Used in anti-freeze.
  • Methanol - Used in rocket fuel.
  • Ammonia - Used in many cleaning products.
  • Acetone - Used in paint stripper.
  • Cadmium - Used in car batteries. Known to cause cancer.
  • Arsenic - Poison.
  • Toluene - Industrial solvent.

- 54% of people want smoking restrictions in pubs.

- 85% favour smoking restrictions at work and in restaurants.

- Passive smoking doubles the risk of acute respiratory illness in children.

 

Copyright 2005, Colin Beach