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A 20-a-day smoker breathes in up to a full cup of tar in a year. Tar coats your lungs like soot in a chimney and can cause cancer.

Most people recognise lung cancer as being caused by smoking – but it can also cause many other cancers and illnesses. 42,800 deaths in the UK each year are from smoking-related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases.


  • Smoking kills around 114,000 people in the UK each year.
  • Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances.
  • Ninety percent of lung cancer cases are due to smoking.
  • Smokers make up 9 out of 10 heart bypass patients.
  • On average, each cigarette shortens a smoker’s life by around 11 minutes.
  • Smoking 5 cigarettes a day for 2 years costs you almost £1000.

Source: NetDoctor

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