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What is Smoking?


Smoking is bad for your health and, if you smoke, you increase your risk of getting many serious, and often fatal, diseases. Some of the most harmful conditions that smoking can cause are detailed below.

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Also known as Cigarette Smoking, pipe smoking, Tobacco Smoking, nicotine dependence, Tobacco Smokings
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Smoking

There's no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of these problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the health benefit.

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Smoking

If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. In the UK, approximately 10 million adults (about a quarter of the population) smoke cigarettes. Twenty-five per cent of men in the UK are smokers compared with 23% of women.

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Nicotine dependence

Nicotine dependence is an addiction to tobacco products caused by the drug nicotine. Smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes contains thousands of chemicals, including nicotine. Smokeless tobacco also contains nicotine. Nicotine dependence means you can't stop using the substance, even though it's causing you harm.

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Contents

Facts
Tobacco smoke contains nicotine which is highly addictive. However, there are many other harmful substances in tobacco smoke, including tar and carbon monoxide.

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Making changes
Deciding to give up smoking and really wanting to succeed are important steps in becoming a non-smoker. There are three stages to giving up smoking...

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Treatment
If you want to quit smoking, initially it is a good idea to see your GP. They can provide help and advice about quitting, and can refer you to an NHS Stop Smoking support service. These services offer the best support for people who want to give up smoking. Studies show that you are four times more likely to quit smoking if you do it through the NHS.

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Why it should be done
Giving up smoking increases your chances of living a longer and healthier life. It instantly reduces your risk of death or serious illness due to smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heart disease.

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