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Smoking - Health risks marked in new advert.

Credits: Natasha
Watford Grammar School for Girls (See more work from this school)

Most of us will have seen the graphic and hard-hitting anti-smoking advert by the Department of Health which features people smoking cigarettes with a tumour growing in the end. It tells us that just 15 cigarettes can cause a mutation that leads to cancerous tumours and marks a necessary return to shock campaigning. This somewhat shocking advert is aimed at all smokers, but particularly the young. Try to stop them before they start.

Unfortunately statistics from the Department of Health showed that one third of smokers believe the health risks from smoking are greatly exaggerated. The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies says that smokers are still underestimating the damaging effects of smoking. It is still the single biggest preventable cause of cancer and causes about a quarter of all cancer deaths. Cigarette smoking increases your chance of getting any type of cancer.

Passive smoking has been linked to heart disease, respiratory illness and lung cancer. It is particularly dangerous to children who are at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia and asthma. A global study has estimated that passive smoking causes 60,000 deaths a year. One third of those killed are children often exposed to smoke at home. Lungs of children in this home environment may also develop more slowly. What’s more, pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke can pass the chemicals onto their babies. Cot death is five times more likely when there’s secondhand smoke around.


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