Smoking tobacco in cigarettes, roll ups, a pipe or in any way at all:
- Damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build-up of fatty material. This makes them narrower and harder to get blood through.
- Reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood.
- Makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, thanks to the nicotine inside the cigarettes.
- Causes your blood to clot more easily.
- Smoking kills someone every 6.5 seconds.
- Costs the average smoker £28 a week, or £90,000 in a lifetime.
- Gives you bad breath by drying out your supply of saliva.
- Turns your fingers and teeth yellow and makes your gums more prone to bleeding.
- Gives you early wrinkles making you look older.
- Smoking increases your chances of getting cancer.
E-cigarettes can be a way to help people stop smoking but should not be used by people to begin smoking. E-cigarettes also have their own health warnings and should be avoided as well as regular cigarettes, roll ups, a pipe or any other way of smoking.