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Smoking and illegal tobacco

Public Health England has launched its Tobacco Health Harms Campaign to encourage people to stop smoking. The two biggest motivators for smokers to quit are for their health and their families.

This year’s campaign focuses on the damage smoking does to the heart and circulatory system, including clogging arteries (atherosclerosis). It also highlights that 2017 will be the first year in which all cigarettes sold in the UK will be in standard packs with attractive branding removed and graphic health warnings to encourage people to quit. It also features a new short emotive film presented by NHS and TV doctor Dr Ranj with school children creating their own heartfelt messages about the dangers of smoking, inspired by the introduction of standardised packaging. Click HERE to watch the video.

In England, 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease caused by smoking, that’s 16,500 a year. Within a year of quitting, the risk of heart attack is halved, and within two years, the risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

Smoking damages your body in many ways. From the day-to-day effects on your heart and your breathing, to longer-term smoking-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. Your smoke can harm your family’s health, too. No matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straight away. It’s one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health and those around you who inhale second hand smoke. Your breathing and general fitness will improve, your skin will look better and your sense of taste will return.

Quitting smoking is not only good for your health, it’s really good for your finances. Smoking is expensive and it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month.

One in two long-term smokers dies from a smoking-related disease. Smoking causes around 90% of lung cancers and is also linked to cancer in other parts of the body, heart disease, lung disease and other serious conditions.

Quitting smoking is the best thing you and your partner can do for your baby. The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious, from premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and sudden infant death.

You can also talk to your GP or pharmacist for help and advice.

NHS provides a range of free support including apps and local support – just search ‘Smokefree’ online or go to


Illegal and counterfeit tobacco
Illegal and counterfeit tobacco can be dangerous. It can have several times the legal tar limit and may not be self-extinguishing. They also damage the local economy and the economy in general.

Watch THIS VIDEO to find out more.