Smoking and Your Health

Smoking and COPD
Smoking is the main cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. At least 4 out of 5 people who develop the disease are, or have been, smokers. The lining of the airways becomes inflamed and permanently damaged by smoking. This damage cannot be reversed. Around 10-25% of smokers develop COPD.

Smoking and Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is usually caused by a build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries around the heart (coronary arteries).
The fatty deposits, called atheroma, are made up of cholesterol and other waste substances.
The build-up of atheroma on the walls of the coronary arteries makes the arteries narrower and restricts the flow of blood to the heart. This process is called atherosclerosis. Your risk of developing atherosclerosis is significantly increased if you smoke.

Smoking and Diabetes

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you will need to pay special attention to certain aspects of your lifestyle and health.
Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from leading the life you want. Nor does it mean you’ll necessarily have other serious health problems in the future. If you do smoke, find support to help you stop. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and stroke even further.

Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking in pregnancy causes up to 2200 premature births, 5000 Miscarriages and 300 perinatal deaths every year in the UK. It also increases the risk of developing a number of respiratory conditions, attention hyperactive disorders, learning difficulties, problems of the ear, nose and throat, obesity and diabetes.

Here at Smokefreelife Somerset we offer one-to-one support to help you quit smoking in pregnancy alongside Nicotine Replacement Therapy which is provided by the service. The Mums2Be Smokefree service offers appointments either at your home or at another location of your choice. The initial appointment usually lasts between 45-60 mins and follow up appointments usually about 30 minutes. If you would like help please contact Smokefreelife Somerset on 01823 356222.

Find out how a mum from Somerset managed to successfully quit smoking.

Smoking and Your Diet

When you go smokefree, your appetite and sense of taste may improve, tempting you to snack more often.
Make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks, like fruit, vegetables or nuts, in the house and hide the high calorie snacks!
Any weight gain need only be temporary. During your quit programme and once you’ve stopped smoking, you’ll find it easier to be active and lose any extra weight.

Smoking Shisha

A World Health Organisation study has suggested that during one session on a Shisha pipe (around 20 to 80 minutes) a person can inhale the same amount of smoke as a cigarette smoker consuming 100 or more cigarettes. Hookah smoke also contains nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.


E Cigarettes
Public Health England reports that e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking. The report encourages smokers who want to use e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking to seek the support of their local stop smoking service. SmokeFreeLife Somerset has experienced staff who can provide support, and advice through the quitting process. Quitting can be difficult at times, and we are here to make this journey as smooth as possible. Find out more about E Cigarettes.

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