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The unseen danger of smoking

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Unseen danger of smoking

Most people are aware that smoking is detrimental to health, but many people are unaware of the unseen damage and danger of smoking. Public Health England (PHE) recently ran its Smokefree Health Harms campaign designed to encourage the nation’s 7 million smokers to make a quit attempt.

The TV advert illustrates how poisons from tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream, spreading around the body in seconds, causing damage to major organs, as data reveals one person in England is admitted to hospital every minute with a smoking related illness.

To help explain the ongoing internal harm being caused, a group of seven lifelong smokers – including TV presenter and entrepreneur Hilary Devey declare their intention to quit after seeing the results of a lab demonstration.

Every cigarette smoked releases over 4000 chemicals into the body including more than 70 known cancer causing compounds.  PHE carries out some tests on the group of 7 smokers and they are shocked at the levels of three chemicals in particular that PHE focuses on: cadmium, tobacco specific nitrosamines and carbon monoxide.

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See our Quit Smoking page for information about FREE support to quit.

Visit the NHS website to find out the health risks of smoking