‘Did you Know’ facts

Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute, 15 billion are sold each day, and upwards of 5 trillion are produced and used on an annual basis.

Each year, 3000 non-smokers die of lung cancer primarily caused by secondhand smoke. More than 33,000 non-smokers die of secondhand smoke-related heart disease.

Every 5 seconds, tobacco use is responsible for the loss of one human life.

Studies have shown that people who smoke up to 4 cigarettes a day are about 50 per cent more likely to die prematurely than non-smokers.

Smoking is a causal factor in cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide.

More than 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital in the UK every year because of the effects of passive smoking.

Female smokers’ chances of conceiving fall by 10%–40% per menstrual cycle.

In the UK, smoking 20 cigarettes a day will now cost the smoker more than £3000 a year.

Smoking hand rolled cigarettes is just as dangerous as pre-made cigarettes. Indeed, there is evidence to suggest poorer health outcomes in those who roll their own cigarettes.

Users of smokeless tobacco are exposed to higher amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines — molecules that are known to be carcinogenic — than smokers.

An estimated 2.8 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes. Of these,1.4 million continue to smoke and 1.3 million now completely rely on their e-cigarette.