There are around 10 million adults in the UK who smoke – around 17% of the adult population. About half of all regular smokers will die of their addicition, and suffer major health consequences during their lives including heart attack, emphysema, dental and skin problems, and lung cancer. Smoking is also the main cause of fatal accidental fires in the home.
The good news is, that after quitting the damage caused by smoking is reduced. One year after stopping smoking, the risk of a heart attack falls to about a half of the risk to a smoker.
Two thirds of current smokers say that they would like to quit. There is lots of help out there to help you stop smoking. See your GP for more information or look up the “Smokefree” programme and app in England.