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How does smoking tobacco affect your health?

Dr Louisa Draper

"A third of all cancer deaths are smoking-related. Smokers have an increased risk of developing the following cancers: lung, throat, mouth, larynx, oesophageal, kidney, stomach, pancreatic, testicular/cervical."

Dr Louisa Draper

Smoking tobacco is detrimental to your health. Cigarettes contain 600 ingredients, which generate over 7,000 chemicals as they burn. Many of them are poisonous. Although smoking is most commonly associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, its negative effects are far-reaching and smoking can harm nearly every organ in your body. 

Approximately 96,000 people in the UK die from smoking-related diseases each year.

Smoking also causes many illnesses which do not kill in the short term but which can cause the patient to suffer years of increasingly debilitating symptoms.