Why quit?

You might be shocked that one in every two smokers will die of a tobacco related disease. But how do we know?

The evidence comes from a study which is often called “The Doctors Study” which started in 1951 in the UK, had a 40 year follow-up, and was finally published in 1994. It showed that half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by tobacco smoking.

Smoking is the single biggest cause of cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - a group of debilitating respiratory conditions that cause breathing difficulties. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke. On average smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.

Click the circle highlights to see conditions caused by smoking.

COPD, lung cancer and asthma

Peripheral Artery Disease leading to pain, gangrene and amputation

Stroke and blindness

Head cancer

Head, Neck and Throat cancers

Heart disease

Liver cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Kidney cancer


Hip fractures

Hardening of the arteries

Cancer of the ureter

Bowel cancer

Mouth cancer and gum disease

Cancer of the oesophagus

Stomach cancer

Bladder cancer

Ovarian cancer

Cervical cancer

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Here are some other benefits to quitting:

  • Smoking is expensive and you might be surprised at how it all adds up. You could save anywhere between £160 - £250 each month.
  • Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more. Your breathing and general fitness will improve.
  • The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.
  • Your fertility levels will improve, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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