Risks for women
The more you smoke, the greater your risk. However, just one or two cigarettes a day are more than enough to cause lung cancer. Chronic lung disease is also common among older smokers, destroying busy and active lives.
Smoking also increases your risk of heart disease. And if you smoke and take the contraceptive pill, your risk of heart disease is 30 times that of a non-smoker.
Smoking affects your skin too. It ages more quickly in smokers, with the early appearance of wrinkles and thinning of the skin.
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Benefits of quitting
The good news is, many of the benefits of quitting smoking are immediate. Food will taste better and your breathing will become easier. Even if you’ve smoked for 30 years, your risk of heart disease will halve within a year of stopping.
There are financial benefits of kicking the weed, too. Assuming a packet of 20 cigarettes costs around $3.50 and that you smoke a packet a day, a year’s supply of cigarettes costs you around $1,277.50. In a lifetime of smoking (40 years, if you’re lucky enough to live that long) means sending $51100.00 up in smoke.
How to quit
This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005.
First published in November 1997.
- Make a plan – decide your quit date, detail how you’ll react to temptations, even make a list of the pros and cons of smoking to keep on track.
- Get motivated – imagine the Mediterranean beach you could be basking on with all the money saved from kicking the habit, or set your own goal or treat.
- Get support – from your GP and most importantly from your family and friends.
Smoking and Health News:
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Cigarettes in movies seen to cause teen smoking (Reuters via Yahoo! News) – Tobacco promotions and depictions of smoking in movies cause teenagers to start smoking, according to a sweeping report on tobacco in the media released on Thursday.
Smoking occurs in 75 percent of movie hits (UPI) – WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Cigarette smoking is pervasive in movies, occurring in three-quarters or more of box-office hits, U.S. government and non-profit officials said.
Govt.: Movies Really Do Get Teens Smoking (ABC News) – Largest study to date details influence on teens of smoking in movies and TV.
Smoking in movies encourages young people to pick up the habit: report (CBC) – Tobacco marketing and depictions of smoking in movies promote smoking among young people, says a report released Thursday by U.S. National Cancer Institute.
Correction: Skin Deep | Want a Face-Lift? First, Better Stop Smoking (New York Times) – The Skin Deep column last Thursday, about cosmetic surgeons who want patients to stop smoking, misstated part of the name of a medical association. It is the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, not the American Association of Cosmetic Surgery.
Smoking on the big screen translates into real-life addictions (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) – Tobacco promotions and depictions of smoking in movies cause teenagers to start smoking, a study has found.
Tobacco Industry’s Marketing Linked To Youth Smoking (Science Daily) – The National Cancer Institute has released a report that reaches the government’s strongest conclusion to date that tobacco marketing and depictions of smoking in movies promote youth smoking.
Promoting cigarettes increases teen smoking (ABC 7 Chicago) – A sweeping report released Thursday confirms what many suspected for years,: promoting tobacco use on TV and movies causes more teenagers to start smoking.
I.C. Officials to Discuss Smoking Ban (KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids) – IOWA CITY (AP) – Iowa City officials will discuss a proposed ordinance that goes beyond the new state smoking ban and further limits smoking on city property.
I.C. officials to discuss smoking ban (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines) – Associated Press – August 21, 2008 6:04 PM ET IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa City officials will discuss a proposed ordinance that goes beyond the new state smoking ban and further limits smoking…
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