Smoking and you
Smoking damages your body in many ways. From the day-to-day effects on your heart and your breathing, to longer-term smoking-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. Your smoke can harm your family's health, too.
Harming your health
1 in 2 long-term smokers dies from a smoking-related disease. Smoking causes around 90% of lung cancers and is also linked to cancer in other parts of the body, heart disease, lung disease and other serious conditions.
Smoking and your family
Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and odourless, so no matter how careful you think you're being your family still breathes in more harmful chemicals than you think. This puts your children at risk of serious illness, including meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Smoking and pregnancy
Quitting smoking is the best thing you and your partner can do for your baby. The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious, from premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and sudden infant death.
If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. As soon as you stop smoking you'll see the benefits to your everyday life, health and wallet. And your family will thank you for it, too.
For your family
Your family mean the world to you and secondhand smoke is harmful to them, especially children. The best way to protect your loved ones is to quit smoking. This will reduce their risk of asthma attacks, ear infections and cancers.
Save money now
Quitting smoking is not only good for your health, it's really good for your wallet. Smoking is expensive and it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month. What else could you spend that money on?
There are lots of ways to quit, from using nicotine replacement therapies or e-cigarettes, to free quit tools and expert support from local NHS stop smoking services. You can put together a package that fits into your lifestyle. What are you waiting for?
Stop smoking aids
Curb those nicotine cravings and improve your chances of quitting with stop smoking aids. There are plenty of treatments out there and they can give you the extra support you need to kick the habit for good. Many smokers also find e-cigarettes a helpful way to manage their cravings.