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Smoking

“Every 6.5 seconds someone dies from tobacco use” – World Health Organization

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you but still, lots of young people start smoking every year.

You are more likely to smoke if:

  • Your parents or other close family smoke
  • Your friends smoke
  • You want to impress someone who smokes

But what are the issues?

Health

Smoking can cause:

  • Cancer of the Mouth, Throat Larynx
  • Blindness
  • Heart Disease, Angina, Heart Attack
  • Lung Cancer
  • Emphysema, Pneumonia
  • Cancer of the Stomach, Intestine, Liver
  • Increased Risk of Diabetes
  • Leukaemia
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Circulation Problems
  • High Blood Pressure Strokes
  • Higher Risk of Amputation
  • Cancer of Kidneys, Bladder, Pancreas

Cost

The best way to stop these criminals exploiting young people is for people to refuse to use drugs. If the cost of 20 cigarettes is £7.47 (37p per cigarette), how much do you spend each year on your smoking habit?

5 cigarettes a day = £602.75

10 cigarettes a day = £1,205.50

15 cigarettes a day = £2,409.00

Try the Smoking Calculator here.

Appearance

  • Smoking affects your looks
  • Your breath smells
  • Discoloration of teeth, gum disease, reduced sense of taste and smell, hair smells, premature loss/greying of hair
  • Skin changes – premature wrinkles, worsens eczema, delays in healing, yellowing on fingers
  • Smoker’s cough

Smoking and Sex

Smoking damages blood vessels which can lead to impotence. Nicotine affects the hormonal balance and testosterone levels which can result in lethargy, loss of libido and desire.

Anti-smoking commercial for teenagers

Giving Up

It is always hard to give up a habit like smoking, especially if you have become addicted to nicotine, so ask for help!

Ask your school nurse for advice.

Teen Smoke Free suggest these steps to prepare you to quit:

  • Set a date to quit

  • Tell Family and Friends about your decision to quit
  • Anticipate and plan for times when you may be tempted
  • Remind yourself why you want to be smokefree
  • Track and monitor your progress regularly

Go to their website to find out more.