Today is No Smoking Day. We all know smoking isn’t just bad for your pocket, but it can lead to cancers, chronic illnesses, and even death. With calls to ban branding off tobacco product packaging gaining traction, we look at some really good reasons to ditch the habit.

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From head to toe, it affects every part of your body

Hairloss, eye irritation, and the loss of your sense of smell are just some of the issues that’ll affect your head. Your brain is also more susceptible to an increased risk of stroke, headaches, mood changes and panic attacks. This is because the arteries narrow meaning the brain can’t get enough oxygen. Gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss can also be caused by smoking.

Travelling down to your lungs, this is where most of the damage occurs. Bronchitis, asthma, damaged cilia and cancer care 25 times more likely in someone who smoked 25 a day. In fact, four out of five lung cancer deaths are due to smoking.

Your heart takes a beating, too. One in six heart disease deaths can be attributed to smoking. Narrow and hardened arteries can be fatal, and cause gangrene of the limbs and lead to decreased fitness.

Slow healing skin wounds, premature ageing and wrinkling, and reduced oxygen supply to skin resulting in a grey, parched appearance are all common. In fact, for weight watchers it may be impossible to reverse the ‘orange peel’ effect of cellulite as toxins exacerbate the look.

Smoking increases the risk of impotence for men in their 30s and 40s. Smoking also increases the risk of miscarriage, low birthweight and other complications.

What’s in a cigarette?

Acetone. That’s right, the solvent used in nail polish remover.
Ammonia. Used in cleaning products and hair dyes.
Arsenic. Used to kill insects.
Cadmium. A poisonous metal used in batteries.
Cyanide. A deadly poison, fatal in even small doses.
Formaldehyde. Used for preserving the dead.
Tar. 70% is left in a smoker’s lungs causing a range of serious medical conditions.

How much does smoking cost?

A pack of 20 cigarettes costs around £8 today. Quitting will save a pack-a-day smoker £56 over the week.

That’s £242.66 a month.

Or just under £3,000 a year.

If you remain smoke-free, in five years you’ll have saved £14,560.

That’s enough to buy you the trip of a lifetime, or a new kitchen. It could go towards the deposit on a house or a new swanky car. You could spend that money on your children or grandchildren. Why not treat your spouse to a meal out every month? Or book a little getaway with the £250 you’ll save a month?

There are a lot of reasons to stop smoking. The health implications are one reason, but the financial reasons are another.

The good thing is, smoking isn’t about losing something. With the increase in heath, both mental and physical, as well as the new financial freedom you’ll gain, you’ll be free to do what really matters to you.

If you’re thinking of quitting, visit No Smoking Day to get help and advice, and make today the day you start to stop.