Welcome to the parents section of "smoke's no joke". We aim to arm you with all the information you need to tackle family smoking issues.

Fatal lung disease

Health issues

Respiratory diseases

Smokers are more susceptible to certain cancers and these deaths account for one third of all deaths from cancer in the UK every year. In 2010 this was estimated to be 37,500 people.

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world. More than 80% of lung cancer in women and 90% of lung cancer in men is caused by tobacco – through either direct or indirect exposure.

A person's likelihood of contracting lung cancer is greater the younger they started smoking and the more cigarettes they smoke.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The term COPD refers to chronic diseases that interfere with normal breathing. The two main types are bronchitis and emphysema.

According to The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) COPD accounts for 30,000 deaths per year in the UK of which 85% are smoking related. This is twice the European average figure.

Women are particularly at risk of COPD if they start smoking before the age of 16.

Respiritory Disease

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