As it is no smoking day, we felt it was important to tell you some of the important risk factors of how smoking can lead to many cases of cancer.
- Lung cancer is responsible for around a quarter of cancer deaths in the UK, and 90% of those lung cancer cases are related to smoking.
- The use of tobacco is one of the major causes of various types of cancers including — lung, mouth, throat, pancreas and the bladder.
- Almost half of all cancers are tobacco-related
- Lung cancer rates amongst Scots men have fallen dramatically over the past 20 years due to a significant fall in smoking rates in men. Despite this, it remains the most common cause of cancer in men.
- Every year, around 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes.
On a more positive note:
- In Scotland – adult smoking declined from 30.7% in 1999 to 22.9% in 2012.
- If smokers quit before the age of 30 they can avoid almost all of the risk of lung cancer attributable to smoking.
- Adult second-hand smoke exposure in Scotland has also seen a big decrease in Scotland - from 33% in 1998 to 18% in 2012.
- By stopping today it greatly help to reduce cancer risk in many cases.
If you smoke why don’t you take the chance to stop today? You can find more information or advice about how to stop smoking here.
source data: NHS Sctoland, CRUK, Ash