Smoking is not illegal (although you need to be 18 to buy cigarettes) but it can damage your health, as well as that of the people around you. In England you cannot smoke in enclosed public spaces like pubs, restaurants or at school or work.
Cigarettes contain a type of addictive drug called nicotine. Nicotine stimulates the brain, but once it starts to leave your body you get horrible withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, headaches, feeling awful), which are made better by the next cigarette. That’s why people get addicted and find quitting difficult. Cigarettes also contain over 4,000 other chemicals which can cause damage to your body.
Smoking is the single greatest preventable cause of death worldwide. Not only does smoking damage the health of those who smoke, it damages the health of others through second-hand smoke.
About half of all smokers die from a smoking-related disease such as heart disease, respiratory disease or cancer. The younger you are when you start smoking, the more likely it is that you’ll end up smoking for longer, and die early from smoking.
If an increased risk of disease and dying doesn’t put you off, there is also a big price tag attached to smoking. If someone smokes a pack of 20 cigarettes a day for 40 years they will have spent £96,360*!!! For more facts about smoking, click here
*based on 20 cigarettes costing £6.60
Smoking will make your breath smell, as well as giving you smelly clothes and hair. It will also stain your teeth and fingers yellow.