There is no doubt that smoking can have serious consequences for a person’s health, but just how much effect can it have on your life expectancy? We take a look at some stats…
Did you know each cigarette you smoke reduces your life by 11 minutes?
Researchers at ‘Action on Smoking and Health’ have reported that a 30-year-old smoker can expect to live about 35 more years, whereas a 30-year-old non-smoker can expect to live 53 more years. *Source Medical News Today
Among people who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes per day, the risk of dying from lung cancer was nearly 12 times higher than that of never smokers. The researchers looked at risk of death from respiratory disease, such as emphysema, as well as the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
In both sexes, smoking just 1–4 cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly higher risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease and from all causes, and from lung cancer in women. Smoking control policymakers and health educators should emphasise more strongly that light smokers also endanger their health. *Source British Medical Journal
Quitting smoking really does lead to a richer life in more ways than one. Use our quit calculator tool and see how much you’ve spent on cigarettes. Then come up with some thoughts on how to better spend that money
Does this make you want to quit?
If the answer is yes (Which it should be) the good news is quitting smoking is not as difficult as you may think no matter how heavy a smoker you are. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body starts healing.
What options are there to quit smoking?
NRT stands for Nicotine Replacement Therapy and the following products are available;
Nicotine patches – efficiency = 94% failure rate. – Yes, you read that correctly; the success rate of the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, sprays and lozenges is less than 10%.
It’s near impossible to get a recent accurate figure from Google, but an independent scientific study* conducted shows a success rate of 3.4% for cold turkey and 6.2% for the nicotine patch.
*Source: Journal Addictive Behaviours, Nov 2006.
How much do nicotine patches cost?
Costs of nicotine patches vary but expect to pay around £10 for 7 days’ worth.
How much does nicotine gum cost?
Expect to pay about £10.00 for 100 pieces.
How much are nicotine lozenges?
You can usually find these in your local pound store because if you like the thought of chewing a used cigarette butt, these are very similar.
How much is nicotine throat spray?
Expect to pay around £15.00 to £20.00 for 150 sprays.
How much is a nicotine inhaler?
Expect to pay between £8.00 to £10.00 for 4 refill cartridges
All these are available on prescription from NHS Smoke-Free but even they admit that the use of an e-cigarette is almost twice as effective.
How much does an e-cigarette cost?
Expect to pay around £5.00 to £6.00 for a 600 puff device.
What is the success rate of e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes were the most popular aid used by smokers trying to quit in England in 2020. E-cigarettes have been shown to be highly effective in supporting those trying to quit, with 27.2% of smokers using them compared with 18.2% using nicotine replacement therapy products such as patches and gum.
Some of the highest success rates of those trying to quit smoking are among people using an e-cigarette to kick their addiction alongside local Stop Smoking services, with up to 68 % successfully quitting in 2020 to 2021.
What is an e-cigarette (Also known as disposable vape)?
An e-cigarette is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke.
E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco and do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke.
They work by heating a liquid (called an e-liquid) that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and flavourings.
Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.
Will vaping help me stop smoking?
Many thousands of people in the UK have already stopped smoking with the help of an e-cigarette. There’s evidence that they can be effective.
A 2021 review found people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, as well as having expert face-to-face support, can be up to twice as likely to succeed as people who used other nicotine replacement products, such as patches or gum.
Using an e-cigarette can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the best out of it, make sure you’re using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid.
You will not get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.
*Source NHS England
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Where can I get advice about e-cigarettes?
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How do I use an e-cigarette?
A disposable e-cigarette, as the name suggests, is a short-lived vaping device. It’s cheap, easy to use and you just bin it when the e-liquid it contains is finished. For those starting out on their vaping journey who are unsure if they want to make it a permanent habit, a disposable e-cigarette lets them vape without investing lots of time, effort and money in more expensive vaping devices and the many e-liquid refills on offer.
What about risks from nicotine?
While nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes, most of the harm from smoking comes from the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which are toxic.
Nicotine “no more harmful to health than caffeine”
RSPH is calling for public confusion over nicotine to be addressed as a way of encouraging smokers to use safer forms of the substance. Tobacco contains nicotine along with many other chemicals, but nicotine by itself is fairly harmless.
Nicotine is harmful in cigarettes largely because it is combined with other damaging chemicals such as tar and arsenic, and as a highly addictive substance getting hooked on nicotine is one of the prime reasons why people become dependent on cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (gum, lozenges, and patches) contain nicotine but don’t contain the harmful substances found in cigarettes.
Every day you continue to smoke the clock keeps ticking. With inflation at a 40 year high there has never been a better time to quit, not just for your health but for your finances too.