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5 things you need to know if you’re a smoker

We all know that smoking is bad for us. This article isn’t designed to be a lecture about that; you’ve probably heard it from your friends and family for the majority of your life. But we are going to share with you some surprising facts and information about smoking cigarettes that you may not have already known, and we’re sure you’ll find some of them very interesting…

Cigarettes will be banned in the UK

Okay, don’t worry. The UK isn’t banning all cigarettes – not just yet, anyway. But in 2020, the government (and governments across the European Union) will start to roll out their menthol cigarette ban, and you might be affected. If you’re a fan of flavoured cigarettes, then you’ll need to look for an alternative and fast – shops will be legally banned from selling them when their supplies run out after April 2020. Start stocking up fast and look for a replacement!

Smokers are killing our oceans

The chances are that you know cigarette litter is full of harmful chemicals and toxins, including arsenic. But did you know that these chemicals can leak into our waters and harm our wildlife? Increasingly, scientists are finding cigarette filters and butts in the stomachs of fish, birds, and whales, with more than 4.5 trillion making their way into our seas every year.

The good news is that you can now buy plastic-free butts and filters which aren’t as bad for our planet – they biodegrade over time and so have a lesser impact on our marine animals.

One cigarette equals 11 minutes

A cigarette may only take a minute or two to smoke, but the average can shorten your life expectancy by around eleven minutes. If you smoke five cigarettes a day for a year, that’s 14 days off your life. Smoke 20 cigarettes a day and you’ll shorten your lifespan by 55 days in a year or by six years if you smoke 20 a day for forty years. Time to cut back on those fags!

 

Smoking is really not good for your breath

Tobacco is bad news for your mouth. Not only does it make your breath smell, but it can cause staining to your teeth, a loss of taste, and gum irritation. Smokers are more likely to suffer from things such as gum disease and mouth cancer, as well as lung cancer and heart disease – and it’s all linked to your mouth. Make sure you brush regularly, stay hydrated, and treat any dental disease that you have. Oh, and consider chewing on some sugarless gum.

Smoking is a turn-off

Single? A new study surveyed more than 500 people, asking them how they felt about cigarette smoking when it came to dating. 64% of non-smoking men and women said that smoking was a serious deal-breaker for them, and 12% of smokers said they wouldn’t date another smoker. 73% of non-smokers said smoking was unattractive – just 2% said it was!

Whether you’re trying to cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke or you’re just trying to make a more conscious effort to be healthy, we hope that these tips have given you some food for thought. And if you are planning on quitting smoking, we wish you good luck!

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