What are the health risks of smoking?
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.
Every year around 100,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.
Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions. Some may be fatal and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.
You can become ill:
- if you smoke yourself
- through other people's smoke (passive smoking)
Smoking health risks
Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers. It also causes cancer in many other parts of the body, including the:
- voice box (larynx)
- oesophagus (the tube between your mouth and stomach)
Smoking damages your heart and your blood circulation, increasing your risk of developing conditions such as:
Smoking also damages your lungs, leading to conditions such as:
Smoking can also worsen or prolong the symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma, or respiratory tract infections such as the common cold.
In men, smoking can cause impotence because it limits the blood supply to the penis. It can also reduce the fertility of both men and women.
Want to quit smoking?
Contact Peterborough Healthy Lifestyles service on freephone 0800 376 56 55.
Did you know that you're up to four times more likely to quit successfully with their expert help and advice?