You might be surprised at the sheer number of ways that smoking impacts your health - and the benefits you stand to enjoy by quitting at any age.
Read on for the full facts about nicotine and smoking.
Your sex life and health
Men who smoke are more likely to suffer impotence and loss of stamina. Overall, smoking increases the risk of impotence by about 50% for men in their 30s and 40s.
For women, smoking can reduce fertility. In one study, smokers were more than three times more likely to take over a year to conceive, and it was estimated that smoking women were only 72% as fertile as non-smokers.
If you smoke, your risk of developing Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes is higher than if you don’t. And if you do develop it, smoking also significantly increases your risk of complications and death.
Your food is less enjoyable
Many smokers are afraid of quitting because they think as soon as they stop smoking they’ll put on weight. The truth is, whilst smoking does suppress the appetite it also deadens the taste buds, stopping you from enjoying your food.
Watching what you eat and exercising regularly can help prevent the weight gain that’s sometimes associated with quitting smoking.
Your heart and circulatory system
Smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as non-smokers, and much more likely to suffer from strokes, blood clots and angina - and die from heart disease.
Smoking and your lungs
Tobacco smoking is responsible for nearly all cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. That includes diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which leave sufferers breathless and unable to do many activities.
Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.
Other types of cancer
Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of 15 types of cancer including cancer of the bladder, cervix, colorectum, kidney, liver, lung, ovaries, pancreas and stomach.