Smoking is bad for your health. It’s linked to all sorts of health problems including cancers, heart disease and chronic breathing problems. Even breathing in someone else’s smoke (passive smoking) can be harmful.
Cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals including nicotine. Nicotine is an extremely powerful chemical which is easy to get hooked on. The longer you smoke the harder it can become to quit.
Smoking can have an unpleasant effect on your appearance. Amongst other things it can make your teeth yellow, your fingers brown and your clothes, hair and breath smell stale. It can damage your skin and reduce your fertility. Just imagine what it’s doing to your lungs! People who give up smoking nearly always feel fitter and healthier. It’s unusual to find a top athlete who smokes!
Smoking can also seriously affect your pocket. Smoking 10 cigarettes a day will cost you hundreds of pounds over a year – think what could you buy instead. If you’re under 18 it’s illegal for shops to sell you cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Other reasons not to smoke
- You’ll be helping to reduce litter as a large amount of street litter is caused by cigarettes ends, packets and cellophane
- Smoking is banned in all indoor public places. Being a non smokers means you won’t have to keep nipping outside to have a quick smoke
- Smoking dulls your sense of taste. Food and drinkwill taste better and won’t have a subtle hint of ash tray!
- You won’t have to keep a supply of mints to freshen up your breath!
If you’re a smoker and want to kick the habit speak to your school or college nurse, your doctors surgery or Phoenix Stop Smoking Service on 0800 840 1533. You can also text Phoenix – text “Quit” to 077 86 205 128.
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