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Why you should avoid smoking Overhanging boy

Smoking damages the heart and blood circulation, making it more likely that someone who smokes regularly will get heart disease or have a heart attack.

Smoking can also make you feel more out of breath when you exercise, and make you more likely to get coughs and colds. Smoking increases the risk of getting cancer, particularly lung cancer.

Can’t smokers just stop?

Lots of people who smoke say they would like to stop. The trouble is, tobacco also contains a drug called nicotine, which is addictive: it means you want more and more.

When someone smokes, the nicotine goes into their brain and makes them feel relaxed. When they stop smoking, their brain starts to miss the nicotine and after a while they feel that they would really like to smoke again. If they don’t smoke, they feel stressed and uncomfortable, which makes it hard to stop.

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Did You Know?
Nurse holding image There are 4,500 chemicals in tobacco smoke – many of which are very bad for your health and can make you ill.

Is it best not to start smoking?

Yes – there are lots of other reasons why it is best not to start smoking.

  • Smoking makes your breath smell, not to mention your clothes and your fingers. Yuck!
  • Smoking is really expensive. Buying a packet of cigarettes a day adds up to more than £50 a week!
  • Smokers don’t have as much energy for playing games and sport
  • You are not allowed to smoke in public places like shops, libraries and restaurants; if people want to smoke, they have to go outside- even if it is pouring with rain!
  • Smoking at home is bad for your family and pets
  • Most people don’t smoke and don’t like people smoking near them

Getting help to stop smoking

The ‘Stop Smoking Service’ is there to help people give up if they want to. If you know someone who wants to stop smoking, tell them to phone up and a special advisor will help them.

Riddle me this!
How old do you have to be to smoke?
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If you know someone who wants to stop smoking, they can contact the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.

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