Facts and Figures about Smoking
1. Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK.
2. Smoking kills over 120,000 people a year in the UK - approximately 330 people a day and more than 13 people an hour.
3. There are approximately 13,000,000 cigarette smokers in the UK, 28% of men and 26% of women, and a further 2,000,000 who only smoke pipes and/or cigars.
4. Approximately a quarter of Britain's 15 year-olds are regular smokers, 21% of boys and 25% of girls, despite the fact that it is illegal to sell cigarettes to children under the age of 16.Over 1,000,000,000 cigarettes were smoked by under 16's in the UK last year.
82% of smokers take up the habit as teenagers. Smoking is extremely addictive, and many young people who smoke will go on to smoke all their lives
5. Tobacco contains over 4,000 chemicals, which are present either as gases or as tiny particles - over 40 of these are known to cause cancer.
Smoking causes 30% of all cancer deaths and 80% of people who develop lung cancer in the UK are smokers.
300 people in the UK die from lung cancer caused by passive smoking every year.
18% of all heart disease deaths and at least 80% of deaths from bronchitis and emphysema are caused by smoking.
6. Those who smoke regularly and die of a smoking-related disease lose on average 16 years from their life expectancy compared to non-smokers.
7. 7 out of 10 adult smokers say they would like to give up smoking if they could, however, 22% of women and 34% of men in the UK are ex-smokers.
8. If a hundred people smoke, fifty people might die from a smoking related disease
9. If you were to smoke 20 cigarette every day for 10 years, you would spend over £20,000.
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