What is smoking really doing to your body?
We all know that smoking is bad for us. Television campaigns and warnings on cigarette packets mean we are well aware of the dangers of smoking, but what else is it doing to our bodies?
Smoking causes lung disease, stroke, oral cancer and heart disease. Lung disease now kills more women in Britain than breast cancer. A report by the British Thoracic Society in November revealed that the number of women dying from lung disease in the UK is twice the European average.
But smoking is responsible for a much wider range of conditions. Take a look at some of the less well known facts about smoking:
Every cigarette you smoke takes 11 minutes off your life.
â€¢ Smokers in their 40s have as many facial wrinkles as non-smokers in their 60s.
â€¢ Female smokers are more susceptible to lung cancer than male smokers.
â€¢ 41,000 women die every year from smoking. That's 112 every day.
â€¢ Smoking gives you yellow teeth, bad breath and hollow cheeks from repeated sucking on cigarettes.
â€¢ Over 17,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital every year because of the effects of passive smoking.
â€¢ The menopause starts roughly two years earlier in women who smoke.
â€¢ Female smokers have a 30 per cent lower fertility rate than non-smokers.
â€¢ Smoking when pregnant leads to an increased risk of miscarriage and complications after the birth.
â€¢ Women who smoke and take the contraceptive pill are 10 times more likely to suffer a heart attack.
â€¢ Cervical cancer rates are four times higher in smokers than non-smokers.
From brittle hair to stomach ulcers and problems with conception, the effects of smoking are numerous and often deadly. If this has not already made you think about quitting, read our guide to what smoking is really doing to your body.