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Smoking

So you say smoking is bad for me!!!

Nearly every day a report on the harmful effects of smoking can be found somewhere in the press, on the radio or television. Research has firmly established the connection between smoking and long term health conditions.

There are about 10 million adults who smoke cigarettes in Great Britain: this is about a sixth of the total UK population. That equates to 22% of adult men and 19% of adult women.

About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.

Every year, over 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes. It accounts for over one-third of respiratory deaths, over one-quarter of cancer deaths, and about oneseventh of cardiovascular disease deaths.

So you are mistaken if you think it can’t happen to you!!! Yes we have all known the 96 year old that smoked all their life and died of something unrelated to their smoking but they are very few and far between and you can’t suppose that you are going to be that lucky!!!

Ok that’s the nasty bit. Good news is there is a lot of help out there if you want to stop.

http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/local-support-services-helplines

http://www.quit.org.uk/lets-quit/?gclid=CJPnv-n4g8ACFckSwwod9kkATg

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx

www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk/

What about ‘e’ cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes or Vaporisers are a relatively new product and there is not a lot of research to support or dismiss the value of using e cigarettes. The general consensus appears to be they are safer than standard cigarettes and a lot of smokers are turning to them to help them stop or cut down, so some information has been added for you to read. It is a long document but is in an easy to read format. The decision to use them or not is a personal one or should be discussed with your Medical Advisor.

http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_715.pdf

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