Health



Smoking and Mental Health


Higher smoking rates remain the single largest cause of the estimated 10-20 year reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions. August 2019. Download here.                  

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Smoking and Dementia


Smoking is ranked third among nine modifiable risk factors for dementia and is linked to an estimated 14% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. July 2019. Download here.                    

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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. September 2018. Download here.          

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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. August 2018. Download here.                

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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. November 2017. Download here.                    

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Smoking and Cancer


Smoking causes 16 different types of cancer and is the single biggest avoidable risk factor. July 2017. Download here.                      

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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. December 2016. Download here.                

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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. October 2016. Download here.                      

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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. July 2016. Download here.                    

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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. April 2015. Download here.                  

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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. September 2014. Download here.            

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Stopping smoking: ASH’s top tips


ASH’s top tips to help you stop smoking. September 2014. Download here.                  

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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. May 2014. Download here.            

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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. February 2014. Download here.              

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