Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK claiming around 100,000 lives a year in just the UK alone.
Did you know that around half of all smokers will die from smoking related diseases? When you actually stop for a second and give a little thought as to the seriousness of that sentence it is shocking and quite honestly baffling as to why new people choose to take up smoking?
The good news however is that it is not all doom and gloom. It is never to late to quit to start to see the health benefits of giving up smoking. For example if you quit by middle age and have so far been lucky to avoid one of the many smoking related diseases then your chances of increased risk of death due to smoking decrease dramatically. The human body is very resilient and only after 2 days of giving up damaged nerve endings will start to regrow and your sense of smell and taste start to recover. After 3 days your body will be nicotine free and within 3 weeks to 3 months (depending on the damage to your body) your circulation will have significantly improved making it easier to walk and do exercise.
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