The benefits of stopping smoking start within 20 minutes of quitting 


What is in a cigarette ?

Every cigarette you smoke introduces thousands of harmful chemicals into your bloodstream. There are over 4000 chemicals in each cigarette, all of which damage your health.

The main components of tobacco smoke are nicotine, carbon monoxide, toxic chemicals and tar. These substances all affect the human body and cause diseases.

If you are pregnant and smoke, these chemicals are transferred to your baby through the placenta.

Smoking is expensive

... but because you don't buy all your cigarettes or tobacco in one go, you may not realise the cost to you.

In October 2021, the average price of 20 king size filter cigarettes was £11.45.

If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day*, this means you are spending:

£11.45 a day

£80.15 a week

£348.27 a month

£4179.25 a year


Shisha and other types of tobacco

Shisha (hookah) smoking is a way of smoking tobacco through a bowl and hose or tube. 

Chewing tobacco (betel quid, also known as "paan" or "gutkha") is a mixture of ingredients that are all wrapped inside a betel leaf.

Bidi (also 'beedi' and 'biri') are thin cigarettes of tobacco wrapped in brown tendu leaf), kreteks (thin cigarettes rolled in banana leaf)

Snus is tobacco in either moist powder form or packed in small bags that are put under the inside of the bottom lip.

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