General Article Effects of smoking

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Smoking is the most common cause of death and disease that’s entirely preventable. In the UK, more than 86,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases. This equates to about half of all regular smokers dying because of their addiction.

Here we give you the facts about the harm smoking does to your body and advice on how to quit.

 

Why smoking is bad for you

Cancers

Smoking is by far the greatest avoidable risk for developing many types of cancer. These include cancer of your throat and mouth, and cancer of organs such as your lungs, stomach and kidneys.

Smoking is also linked to some types of leukaemia (cancer of the white blood cells).

Your heart and circulation

Smoking damages your blood vessels and increases your risk of getting heart disease and of having a stroke.

Smoking can also affect how well your blood flows around your body. You may get cold hands and feet, which is a result of

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