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The facts on smoking - young people and smoking

Save your life

Smoking contributes to cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, strokes, stomach ulcers, leukemia, gum disease, gangrene, asthma, wrinkles, bad breath.

Keep fit

Smoking makes you short of breath, making sport and exercise more difficult.

Passive smoking

Breathing in other people's smoke is called passive smoking. This can cause headaches and lack of concentration. Each year around 17,000 kids under the age of 5 go into hospital with complaints caused by smoke from their parents' cigarettes.

You care

Children as young as 5 years old have tried cigarettes. Kids are more likely to try smoking if they have seen their brothers or sisters doing it.

The facts on smoking - the myths

It helps me unwind

Cigarettes don't make you relax. Nicotine is a stimulant. It actually speeds up your bodily functions - especially your heart rate.

Do you think I'm sexy?

Kissing someone with a mouth like an ashtray isn't sexy. Having smoke blown in your face isn't sexy. Lung cancer isn't sexy. However, buying someone special a gift with the money you didn't spend on smoking is definitely sexy.

Shape shifter

If you think you'll put on weight if you stop smoking, then think again. Cigarettes don't keep your body weight down and they can even cause cellulite. Some people replace cigarettes with food when they give up therefore may put on a few pounds. If you've managed to give up smoking, you'll be able to tackle any weight gain, without any problems.

Something to do with your friend

So you want to while away the time with your friends by killing yourself? Alternatively, there are plenty of other more body-friendly and exciting things to do: try out a new sport, go and see a movie, listen to your favourite music, read the latest bestseller.

I'm independent; I can smoke if I want to

Smoking is addictive, and being an addict makes you more dependent than independent.

It makes me look mature

Only in the sense that smoking gives you wrinkles before your time. There's nothing mature about smelling like an ashtray and inhaling vast amounts of grim chemicals.

Consider the money

In the UK Main brand king size cigarettes cost roughly 9.53 per 20 in 2017. The table shows how much smoking costs at 2017 prices.  


(the cost has nearly doubled in the last ten years)

Cigarettes Per day Years of Smoking
1 5 10 20 50
5    869.61   4,348.06   8,696.12   17,392.24   43,480.62
10 1,739.22   8,696.12 17,392.24   34,784.48   86,961.24
20 3,478.44 17,392.24 34,784.48   69,568.96 173,922.48
40 6,956.88 34,784.48 69,568.96 139,137.92 347,844.96

This is just a snapshot of a very interesting page providing a great deal of smoking related facts, which I believe was produced with students and young people in mind.  I feel it is, however, pertinent to a far wider number of people and I am, therefore, delighted to have been given permission to reproduce it on Hints and Things.   N.B.  the figures have been updated as the originals were collated in 2012.

Some lesser known facts about smoking as seen by a stroke victim.





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