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Smoking harms your health, but how? Take a closer look at the risks associated with smoking – and the benefits of quitting.
Smoking is no harmless habit. By virtue of the toxins contained in cigarette smoke it’s extremely damaging to your health. It can also harm the health of anyone breathing in your smoke. Half of all smokers die from smoking related diseases. Not only that, their quality of life can be badly affected as years of smoking take their toll.
Smoking is the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer and is a contributory risk factor in a number of other cancers.
Your heart is your body’s engine, pumping blood to all vital organs. Smoking damages that engine by:
Smokers are more likely to have a stroke (blockage of blood to the brain or bleed in the brain) than non-smokers. Strokes are a major cause of death and prolonged disability.
Smoking can cause or worsen these debilitating respiratory conditions. Severe emphysema causes breathlessness, which can be made worse by infections.
Smoking can reduce fertility, and smoking during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth and illness in early infancy.
When non-smokers share a space with someone who is smoking they are being exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke.
ETS/passive smoke is made up of:
For information and support on how to quit smoking:
We can help you quit smoking for good.
Call the quitline on 1850 201 203.