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.
- Smoking – The Facts @ patient.co.uk
Excerpt: Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to become impotent or have difficulty in maintaining an erection in middle life. This is thought to be due to smoking-related damage of the the blood vessels to the penis. Smokers tend to develop more lines on their face at an earlier age than non-smokers. This often makes smokers look older than they really are. Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage.
- Become Smoke-free @ NHS
Excerpt: Some other chemicals found in cigarettes are: Acetone (Nail polish remover), Arsenic (Rat poison), Carbon Monoxide (Petrol exhaust fumes), DDT and Dieldrin (Insecticides), Formaldehyde (Preservative for dead bodies) and Hydrogen Cyanide (Poison used in gas chambers).