Smoking Risks For Women
|Many of the diseases caused by smoking, such
as heart disease and lung cancer, are seen as 'male' diseases. But the
number of women dying from such preventable illnesses is on the rise.
Smoking is the single largest cause of preventable cancer deaths in the UK. Each year it causes around 32,000 deaths from lung cancer and thousands from other cancers - it's thought to be a factor in one in four cancer deaths.
Just one or two cigarettes a day are more than enough to cause lung cancer
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.
The good news is, many of the benefits of quitting smoking are immediate.
Food will taste better and your breathing will become easier.
There are financial benefits of quitting too. Assuming a packet of
20 cigarettes costs £5.30 and you smoke a packet a day, a year's
supply of cigarettes will cost around £1,930. A lifetime of smoking
(say 40 years, if you're lucky enough to live that long) means sending
more than £77,000 up in smoke.
* 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.
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