Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of mortality. Just some figures:
- Smoking kills more than 7.1 million people every year. This will reach 10 Million of deaths by 2020.
- Smoking causes 30 % of all cancer deaths.
- Smoking causes 18% of all deaths in developed world
- Smoking takes 10-15 years off your life
Smokers who quit smoking reduce their risk of developing and dying from tobacco-related diseases such heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, infection, or cancer. It can also lower your chances of getting osteoporosis, a condition that makes your bones weak. Plus, quitting smoking can help your skin look younger.
Your doctor or nurse can give you advice on the best way to quit. He or she can also put you in touch with counsellors or other people you can contact for support.
Your doctor or nurse can give you medicines to:
- Reduce your craving for cigarettes
- Reduce the unpleasant symptoms that happen when you stop smoking (called “withdrawal symptoms”).
Quitting smoking will improve your health no matter how old you are, and no matter how long or how much you have smoked: never is too late!