Things you may not know about smoking
Here are some UK Smoking Facts you might not know:
- There are 13 million adult smokers in the United Kingdom.
- At least two thirds of these people want to stop smoking.
- A million UK smokers will try to stop on No Smoking Day (8th March.)
- Smoking kills about 5 times more people than all other avoidable deaths put together – including road accidents, fires, other accidents, murder, suicide, AIDS, alcohol and illicit drugs, etc.
- Tobacco harms almost every living tissue it touches, on its way in, round and back out of the body. It is a uniquely harmful product, that kills half of its consumers when used as the manufacturers intend.
Every Day in the UK
- 300 people will die of a smoking related disease.
- 500 children take their first puff of a cigarette.
- The NHS will spend over 4.5 million pounds treating smoking related disease.
Staying smoke-free when stressed
Our bodies respond to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. Practicing relaxation techniques, like the ones below, may improve your health and help you handle your stress in positive ways.
Take a few slow, deep breaths—in through your nose, out through your mouth. You will feel your body start to relax.
Locate Your Stress
Take a minute to figure out how stress affects your body. Where do you feel tension in your body? Finding ways to reduce that tension will also help your mental stress. A warm bath, a massage, or stretching can help you release built-up tension.
Think of a place where you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. Picture it as clearly as you can, including imagining what you would feel, hear, and maybe even smell if you were in that relaxing place. Let yourself enjoy being there for a few minutes.
Being active sends out natural chemicals that help your mood and reduce your stress. Sometimes a short walk is all it takes to relieve stress. And walking is free!
You don’t have to deal with stress alone. Share your feelings with friends, family, and other important people in your life who are able to support you in staying smoke-free.
How your school nurse can help?
If you attend a school in Newcastle then you are very lucky as all school nurses are trained in brief advice. Your school nurse will be able to talk to you about smoking and help direct you in setting a quit date along with using nicotine replacement therapy. They could also refer you to an out of school service if you feel that would be more suited to you.
Facts about tobacco
10 Tobacco and Addiction Facts:
- On average, the life expectancy of a smoker is 10 years less than a non-smoker.
- Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18 and almost all start smoking by age 26.
- Every day, more than 3,200 children and teens under 18 years old smoke their first cigarette. (There are also 2,100 young adults who turn into daily smokers each day.)
- For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer from a smoking-related illness.
- Smoking and tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year worldwide. Current trends show that this will increase to more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
- Smoking is responsible for about 1 in 5 deaths annually in the United States. (That means tobacco causes about 480,000 deaths per year—and 41,000 of those deaths are because of exposure to second-hand smoke).
- Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis and chronic airway obstruction).
- Smokers typically inhale about 1 milligram (mg) of nicotine in a single cigarette.4 For some, that’s all it takes to become addicted.
- Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world.
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