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Smoking and Meningococcal Disease


Exposure to tobacco smoke via both active and passive smoking has been shown to increase the risk of developing meningococcal disease.

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Smoking and Mental Health


There is a strong association between smoking and mental health conditions.  However, people with mental health conditions are generally able to quit smoking if they are given evidenced-based support.

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Nicotine and Addiction


A comprehensive look at why and how nicotine is so addictive. This fact sheet examines the mental and physical aspects of nicotine addiction.

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Smoking and Dementia


People who smoke have a 50 per cent greater chance of developing dementia than those who have never smoked.

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Smoking and Diabetes


There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that smoking is an independent risk factor for diabetes and that among people with diabetes, smoking aggravates the risk of serious disease and premature death.

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Smoking and Respiratory Disease


Smoking is the most important factor in the development of respiratory diseases. In England one-third of deaths from respiratory disorders are attributable to cigarette consumption.

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Stopping smoking: the benefits and aids to quitting


The health benefits of stopping smoking start within hours of putting out the last cigarette.  Using a combination of medication and behavioural support can substantially increase the chances of successfully quitting.

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Stopping smoking: ASH’s top tips


ASH’s top tips to help you stop smoking.

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How Smoking Affects the Way You Look


Tobacco smoking seriously affects internal organs, particularly the heart and lungs, but it also affects a person’s appearance by altering the skin, body weight and shape.

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Smoking and Eye Disease


Smoking can worsen several eye disorders, particularly cataracts and age related macular degeneration (AMD), and may lead to blindness.

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Secondhand Smoke


Breathing other people’s smoke is called passive, involuntary or secondhand smoking. Health impacts range from eye irritation, headache, cough and sore throat, to heart disease and lung cancer.

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Smoking, the Heart and Circulation


Cardiovascular disease refers to disorders of the heart and circulatory system. Smoking causes around 25,000 deaths from heart and circulatory disease in the UK each year.

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Smoking and Reproduction


Cigarette smoking can affect fertility in both women and men, sexual function in men, pregnant women’s health, the health of an unborn child, and the health of young children.

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Smoking and Cancer


It is estimated that in the UK one in three people will develop cancer at some stage in their lives and that one in four will die from the disease. More than one quarter of all cancer deaths in the UK are attributable to smoking.

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