Smoking: The Hard Truth 

Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK, killing over 114,000 people each year. In addition to this, there are many smoking related problems that may not kill you but will certainly make life miserable.
  • Smoking increases the risk of flu and other infections, by affecting the immune system
  • Smoking causes gum disease and can be bad for your oral health - a major cause of tooth loss
  • Smoking damages your skin. As well as wrinkling around your eyes and your mouth, smoking causes premature ageing through poor circulation and low oxygen levels in the blood and smokers are twice as likely to suffer skin conditions such as psoriasis
  • Smoking can affect the optic nerve, causing loss of vision, and is a significant cause of cataracts
  • Smoking can reduce fertility in women and sperm count in men
  • Smoking can cause impotence

Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK - Alphega Pharmacy


The effects of second hand (passive) smoking

  • Increases the risk of others getting asthma and can cause asthma attacks
  • Can increase the risk of meningitis, bronchitis and pneumonia in children
  • Will make it more likely that babies and children will get coughs and colds, as well as middle ear disease, which can cause deafness
  • Cot death is twice as likely for babies whose mothers smoke. As well as this, children whose parents smoke are 3 times more likely to take up the habit than children from non smoking households

If you need further information or help to stop smoking please visit our Pharmacy Locator page to find your local pharmacist, and ask for advice.

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