Smoking related diseases kills 1 in 10 adults globally (World Health Organization)
Every eight seconds someone dies from tobacco use (World health organization)
About 15 million cigarettes are sold daily- 10 million a minute (World health organization).
Most cases of lung cancer death, close to 90% in men, and 80% in women are caused by cigarette smoking (World Health Organization).
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death (World Health Organization) Half of long-term smokers will die from tobacco (World health Organization)
A survey in the UK found about half of smokers think that smoking "can't really be all that dangerous, or the Government wouldn't let cigarettes be advertised” (World Health Organization) A survey a few years ago found that nearly 80% of American advertising executives from top agencies believed cigarette advertising does make smoking more appealing or socially acceptable to children (World Health Organization).
80% OF SMOKERS BEGIN SMOKING BEFORE THE AGE OF 18 (World Health Organization)
ABOUT ONE IN FIVE YOUNG TEENS (13 TO 15) SMOKES (World Health Organization). Evidence shows that around 50% of those who start smoking in adolescent years go on to smoke for 15 to 20 years (World Health Organization)
Why even start? -Some think it looks “cool” -Family members or friends smoke -Believe it can calm them down, help concentration, having a good time The fact is that if kids start smoking before they are 15, they are likely to still be smoking as adults (Children, youth and women’s service)Why? Because they have become addicted to the drug nicotine, one of more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke (Children, youth and women’s service)
SOME STEPS TO AVOID GETTING HOOKED: * Get involved in positive activities (i.e. sports, clubs, organizations) * Get educated on the negative effects of smoking *Avoid situations and people that tempt you to smoke. Igs.berkely.org
QUITTING ALTHOUGH VERY DIFFICULT TO QUIT, SMOKERS CAN SUCCESSFULLY QUIT IF THEY ADMIT TO HAVING AN ADDICTION, UNDERSTAND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEIR NICOTINE ADDICTION, GET SUPPORT FROM THEIR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN ORDER TO RID THEIR HABIT.ONCE YOU QUIT, YOUR BODY BEGINS TO HEAL AND INCLUDES REDUCE IN RISK IN CANCER, HEART ATTACK, AND STROKE (American Heart Association).
Benefits of Quitting *Reduction in risk for smoking-related diseases*More stamina for work and play*Saving money*healthier teeth, fresher breath(American Heart association)
By 2030, if current trends continue, smoking will kill one in six people.