LifeQuotes4U have released our latest infographic to recognise world 'No Tobacco Day'. There is no doubt of the horrendous effects smoking has on our health. If you are a still a smoker, you are pretty much guaranteeing that you will live a shorter life. Over 1 in 2 smokers die of health complications related to smoking. What's more if you are applying for life insurance and smoke you premiums will be a lot of higher than your non smoking counterparts. The benefits in giving up smoking are too numerous to mention but ultimately it comes down to living a longer, healthier and richer life. What other reasons do you need!
As ever if you enjoy our infographic please feel free to share with your friends.
Friday May 31, 2013 is No Tobacco Day!
No Tobacco day was started in 1987 by the World Health Organization or WHO. It was created to promote awareness of the dangers of tobacco and smoking.
No Tobacco Day is a day in which for 24 hours you do not partake of any form of tobacco.
It is estimated that 5.4million deaths a year all across the globe are attributed to tobacco and its use.
According to an Oxford study, in 2005/2006, smoking cost the NHS £5.2 billion. This is roughly 5.5% of all the healthcare costs for that period of time!
These costs are comprised of consultations by GP's, prescriptions, and treatments related to illnesses that are caused by smoking.
These cost factors do not even take into account missing work due to tobacco related illnesses, or the effects of second-hand smoke.
For the year 2011/12, the NHS spent over £64million on prescriptions and pharmacotheraples to aid people in their desire to quit smoking. These aid s include the patch, nicotine guns, inhalers, mints, etc.
A total of over £88million was spent by the NHS just on services to help people stop smoking.
It's easy to see that smoking and helping people to quit smoking is a huge and costly issue for the NHS!
Smoking related diseases are causing a rise in hospital admissions among adults, with respiratory issues and cancers having the largest increases.
For adults over the age of 35, 5% of all hospital admissions can be attributed to smoking! This admission percentage is higher for men at 6%, than for women at 5%.
For 2011 almost one fifth (1/5th) of deaths of those over 35 years of age was due to smoking. A third of these were due to respiratory diseases, such as cancers of the lung, trachea, and larynx.
Talking about cancers, three (3) out of ten (10) deaths form cancers are smoking related!
Men lead the number of deaths attributed to smoking over women, men are at 22%, while women at at 14%.
Benefits of Quitting
Within just 20 minutes of stopping smoking your body begins to benefit from this.
After just eight (8) hours the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels are reduced by half in your body. In just 8 hours!
After 48 hours all the nicotine in your body is gone, detox, and you can smell and taste your food and things better.
If you quit for over three (3) months, your lung function increases by up to 10%.
The longer you stay off the ciggies, the better your health improves and can cut your risk for heart attacks in half.
If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, and the average cost is £6 a pack, that's £183 a month. What could or would you do with an extra almost £200 a month?
You'd save over £2,000 a year. That could make for a really nice holiday abroad.
In five (5) years you could save almost £11,000! You could be paying your mortgage off early with this money.
So start today on No Tobacco day, quit smoking, take that first step.
All you will lose is bad health, bad breath, and a bad habit.
You'll gain more money in your purse, and a healthier life!