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Smoking causes numerous diseases and health problems, some fatal, among both smokers and non-smokers. For this reason, smoking is prohibited in a growing number of public places and a wide range of support services has been developed to help individuals stop smoking. You should also read about the effects of smoking on your fitness and health.

Stop Smoking and avoid a smoking habit.

Many smokers say they started smoking before the age of 16, even though the law prevents anyone selling tobacco, cigarettes or cigarette papers to those under this age. Avoiding the temptation to smoke at an early age is therefore important to prevent you developing a habit.

Stop smoking for fitness

Reasons to stop smoking

People stop smoking for many reasons, from a desire to improve their health and to save money, to wanting to appeal to the opposite sex or reduce any potential harm on someone else’s health.

Stop smoking and improve your health
In the UK one person dies from a smoking-related disease every four minutes. Smoking causes:

  • lung cancer (smoking causes over 80 per cent of all lung cancer deaths)
  • heart disease
  • bronchitis
  • strokes
  • stomach ulcers
  • leukaemia
  • gangrene
  • other cancers eg mouth and throat cancer

It can also worsen colds, chest problems and allergies like hay fever, bronchitis and emphysema, as well as have unpleasant side-effects such as wrinkles and bad breath. Smoking can also make you cough, sneeze or feel short of breath when you exercise, so it is vital to stop smoking if you want to become fit.

Stop smoking and boost your sex appeal
It’s a myth that smoking helps you lose weight, in fact it can cause cellulite. Kissing someone with a mouth like an ashtray isn’t sexy. Stop smoking and increase your attraction to the opposite sex. Smoking is not cool

Stop smoking and save money
Calculate how much your smoking habit is costing you in terms of money and you might be surprised how much you could save. If you stop smoking you will be richer.


Stop smoking and protect other people's health
Breathing in other people’s cigarette smoke, called secondhand smoke, can also cause cancer.

  • smoking around children - children exposed to secondhand smoke are twice as likely to get chest illnesses like croup, pneumonia bronchitis and bronchiolitis, and more likely to get ear infections, tonsillitis, wheezing and childhood asthma
  • mothers-to-be and smoking - smoking during pregnancy can affect both you and your baby’s health, and if you are exposed to secondhand smoke this can pass on harmful gases and chemicals to your baby
  • smoking in public - smoking is banned by law in many public places, including: all forms of public transport; theatres; cinemas; and public buildings

From the summer of 2007, smoking will be prohibited in all enclosed public places and workplaces, subject to a few exemptions. It will be even more sensible to stop smoking.

Want to stop smoking?

When willpower alone is not enough, there are various treatments and plenty of support services to help you kick the habit.

Types of treatment

  • non-carcinogenic Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products can help reduce withdrawal symptoms - they come in the form of patches, gum, inhaler, nasal spray and lozenges
  • the drug bupropion is a non-nicotine tablet which also works to inhibit nicotine cravings