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Tobacco has proved to be harmful to many lives. Many people start using tobacco products in their early teen years getting them addicted at an early age.

However, many people smoke because it helps them calm down their anxiety and stress levels.

Smoking kills a lot of people and is killing our environment and planet

Tobacco has been around for centuries and has led to the death of a lot of people.

“Cigarettes kill about 6 million people every year, a number that will grow before it shrinks. Smoking in the twentieth century alone killed about 100 million people”, WHO.

Is it not very scary to know this fact and how many people lost their lives? Tobacco can cause damage to your lungs leading to lung cancer.

Here are the few other effects that Tobacco has on your breathing problems and chronic and respiratory problems. Hearing loss.

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Blood circulation problems
  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Vision loss.

This is what you can do to change your life around:

  • Ask for help or try nicotine replacement therapy or go to your doctors and get them to help you.
  • Make a plan to quit – find the help and the support and stick to it. This is what happens when you start smoking, the nicotine entering your bloodstream, increases your blood pressure.
  • You can do this by using nicotine patches or using vapes that has less nicotine.
  • There is support and rehab programmes, medication, multiple doctors’ visits, and health checks.

During the lockdown, a lot of people in Reading had stopped smoking. NHS digital data shows 405 people in Reading set a date to quit using the NHS Stop Smoking Service between April last year and March.

This is really encouraging because it shows that we are together in this to help everyone as a community and to make the Reading better for residents and the environment.


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