Thanks to years of research, the links between smoking and cancer are now very clear. Smoking is by far the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world. Smoking accounts for one in four UK cancer deaths, and nearly a fifth of all cancer cases.

In the UK, smoking kills five times more people than road accidents, overdoses, murder, suicide and HIV all put together.

There is an absolutely undeniable link between smoking and many different types of cancer. Smoking causes over 8 out of 10 cases (80%) of lung cancer in the UK.

Smoking causes cancer. But this doesn't mean that all smokers will definitely get cancer or that all non-smokers won't. It means that smoking greatly increases the risk of this disease. Smokers are, on average, much more likely to get cancer than non-smokers.

Smoking is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer; in the UK, it is the cause of more than a quarter (28%) of all deaths from cancer and has killed an estimated 6.5 million people over the last 50 years. A study published in December 2011 estimated that smoking causes nearly a fifth of all cancer cases in the UK.

Worldwide, tobacco consumption caused an estimated 100 million deaths in the last century and if current trends continue it will kill 1,000 million in the 21st century. Around half of all regular smokers will die from the habit, half of these in middle age.

Key facts;

  • One in four British adults currently smokes.
  • Smoking causes around 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and around 86% of lung cancer deaths in women in the UK.
  • Smoking prevalence (any tobacco product) in British men was 30% in 2002 compared with 82% in 1948.

The above information has been quoted directly from the Cancer Research UK website

We can help...

There are now many tools that can be utilised to support you if you wish to give up smoking. As with all things, your will  to move away from or toward something you desire is key to you achieving what you want. The power of your mind will be your strongest asset.

We know many practitioners who could help you in your quest so drop us a line at [email protected] and make sure you jump onto K.I.S Chat for some likeminded support and specialist feedback.

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