What will happen to me?
5 December 2008
Smoking is bad for your health. It's harmful because there are so many things in tobacco smoke that can harm your body. The most common diseases caused by smoking are lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Every time you breathe in tobacco smoke, you breathe in poisons that harm your body.
How smoking damages your body
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. Many of these are poisons. At least 43 of these chemicals cause cancer. Every time you breathe in tobacco smoke, you breathe in poisons that harm your body. Smoke also contains tar and harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide.
* The tar and chemicals in tobacco smoke cause your lungs to make a thick fluid called mucus. It clogs your lungs and can cause a 'smoker's cough'.
If you keep smoking
We can't say for certain what will happen to you as an individual if you keep smoking. Everyone is different. This is what we know from studies of people who smoked.
* About half of all smokers die of a disease that's caused by smoking. The big killers are lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
One long-term study looked at more than 100,000 women, and followed them for 24 years. It showed that smokers were almost three times more likely to die during the 24 year study, compared to non-smokers. The study also showed that, 20 years after quitting, the chances of death decreased to be the same as someone who'd never smoked.
What smoking does to other people
If you smoke when you're pregnant, you can damage your baby's health. The chemicals in smoke keep babies from getting all the oxygen and nutrients they need to grow. Here is what we know from the research.
* Your baby is likely to weigh less than it would have if you hadn't smoked. Infants who don't weigh enough are likely to have breathing problems.
Breathing in smoke from other people's cigarettes can cause health problems in people who don't smoke. Second-hand smoke can:
* Cause lung cancer and heart problems (such as heart attacks and stroke) in people who don't smoke
If you stop
Almost as soon as you stop smoking, your body starts to clear itself of the poisonous chemicals found in smoke. 
Here's what happens.
* Within hours. The amount of carbon monoxide in your blood will return to normal within 48 hours. (Carbon monoxide keeps oxygen from getting into your blood and makes it harder for you to breathe.)
The sooner you stop smoking, the better. If you stop smoking before the age of 35, you avoid 90 percent of the health problems linked with smoking. But even if you quit after the age of 50, you reduce your chances of dying from a disease linked to smoking.
Stopping smoking increases your chances of living longer. On average, if you give up smoking:
* At age 30, you'll gain an extra 10 years of life
The downside of stopping
Giving up smoking also has its problems.
* You may get depressed, feel anxious, or find it harder to concentrate.
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