The Effects of Smoking
About 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.
Smoking increases the risk of developing a number of other diseases and conditions (some of them are listed below). Many of these may not be fatal, but they can cause years of unpleasant symptoms.
- Lung cancer.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Heart disease.
- Circulation problems.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancer of the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, gullet (oesophagus), pancreas, bladder, cervix, blood (leukaemia) and kidney are all more common in smokers.
- Sexual problems
- Reduced fertility
- Early menopause
Facts about smoking
Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in the UK.
People who smoke cigarettes over the longest period of time are most at risk of developing Lung Cancer. People who only smoke a small amount but over a long period of time are equally at risk.
Smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 40 years is about 8 times more dangerous than smoking 40 cigarettes a day for 20 years.
How will Stopping Smoking Help Me?
Stopping smoking can make a big difference to your health. It is never too late to stop smoking to greatly benefit your health. The benefits begin straight away. You reduce your risk of getting serious disease no matter what age you give up. However, the sooner you stop, the greater the reduction in your risk.
For example, if you stop smoking in middle age, before having cancer or some other serious disease, you avoid most of the increased risk of death due to smoking. In 1972 just under half of adults in the UK were smokers. By 1990 this had fallen to just under a third. At present, about a quarter of UK adults are smokers.
At Sedem Pharmacy we are here to help
If you want to stop smoking, our trained staff will offer one to one advice and support throughout your journey to becoming a non-smoker. Nicotine Replacement Therapy vouchers (NRT) are directly available at Sedem Pharmacies in our Longview Drive Pharmacy and Woolfall Heath Ave Pharmacy, or from your GP or ‘Fag Ends’ drop in centres.
Simply call in at our Pharmacy (Longview Drive and Woolfall Heath Ave) or bring your voucher along to one of our other Pharmacies to start your smoking cessation program. If you are eligible for free prescriptions there will be no charge for the items dispensed, those who pay for their prescriptions will be charged one prescription charge per item. Various treatments can be used including patches, lozenges, gum and spray.
You can also purchase a wide range of products from all Sedem Pharmacies and also online which are designed to help you to stop smoking including:
- Mouth Spray
- Nasal Spray
Smoking cessation products come in various dosages and sizes. All our staff are all fully trained to advise you on which products will be best for you.