Smoking And Health
Smoking And Health
Ruth Bosworth (Director of Services, QUIT) gives expert video advice on: What is the impact of smoking on health?; What are the risks of a smoker suffering from cancer?; What is in a cigarette which makes them so harmful? and more...
What is the impact of smoking on health?
The impact of smoking on somebody's health is absolutely devastating. Half of all regular smokers will die from their tobacco habits and that is a fact. It is an incredibly sad fact and there is a great deal of support there for people who do want to stop but the impact is absolutely devastating on one's health. Smoking kills.
What are the risks of a smoker developing heart problems?
With smokers health under the age of forty, the risk of developing a heart problem is actually five times that of a non smoker. Your health is totally affected by smoking.
What are the risks of a smoker suffering from cancer?
Smoking causes many forms of cancer. In cigarettes there are 4,000 chemicals, many of which are carcinogenics and they cause cancer. There are many cancers that are linked to smoking including lung cancer and oral cancer. Indeed pretty much any other form of cancer will be somehow linked to smoking and therefore it greatly affects your health.
What are the risks of a smoker dying from the habit?
There are 106,000 smokers that die each year from premature, preventable, smoking-related diseases. The impact of smoking on somebody's health is astronomic, and Quit would strongly advise that anyone who wants to stop smoking seize the day, pick up the phone and call the quit line, to save their health.
What is in a cigarette which makes them so harmful?
In a cigarette there is nicotine, which is what causes you to be addicted and return to smoking. But there are also 4,000 chemicals, over 50 of which are carcinogenics, and they will actually cause cancer, showing that smoking really does affect your health.
Are light, mild or herbal cigarettes better for me?
Well at Quit we would advise that actually nobody smokes for their health's sake. A light cigarette does not mean its any less harmful, indeed a mild cigarette is the same and it's not any less harmful to your health. In regard to herbal cigarettes, it's difficult to know what is actually in those cigarettes, but we would advise that actually nobody smokes and seeks support to actually stop smoking.
Does smoking help keep my weight down?
It's a common myth that smoking will actually keep your weight down. The reality is that actually somebody will be replacing food with a cigarette. Rather than sitting down for a meal, they'll be having a quick break and having a cigarette instead. What tends to happen when somebody stops smoking, is their metabolism starts working, possibly for the first time in ages, and as a result a smoker who is quitting will actually start to feel hungry and will replace smoking with sugary snacks, affecting their health. But it is very easy to make sure that you don't put on weight when you're actually in a quit smoking attempt. But you do have to make sure that you're eating raw vegetables and low fat foods rather than having sugary snacks when you have a craving, so your health is not compromised.
Is smoking linked to depression?
Many smokers that are suffering from depression may actually smoke more. Not only will smoking alleviate any boredom but it will help them feel better because of that nicotine fix that they are getting when they smoke a cigarette. What QUIT would advise is that any smoker who is feeling a bit blue or down while quitting should actually go and visit their GP, for their health's sake.
Does smoking lead to premature aging?
When somebody is smoking, their hand to mouth action is very much around the face. As a result, the four thousand chemicals that are in a cigarette are also hitting the face and that can cause some premature aging and affect your health that way. What tends to happen is you tend to see wrinkles around the mouth and eyes and it's actually the chemicals in the cigarette that is causing that damage to your health through smoking.