Smoking and cancer

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of cancer. It is responsible for almost 20% of all cases, and more than a quarter of cancer-related deaths.

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on the Greater Manchester Stop Smoking Helpline: 0300 123 1044

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The link between smoking and cancer

Everyone has heard about the link between smoking and lung cancer: smoking is responsible for more than 85% of all cases in the UK. But chemicals in tobacco smoke enter your blood stream and can then affect your entire body – this is why smoking causes so many different types of cancer.

The good news is that quitting smoking, even if you have been a smoker for years or smoke heavily, does decrease your risk of developing smoking-related cancer. Once you have been smoke-free for ten years your risk of developing lung cancer, the most common smoking-related cancer, has reduced to half that of a smoker.

Being smoke free can prevent 15 types of cancer:

  • Nose and sinuses
  • Mouth
  • Upper throat
  • Larynx
  • Oesophagus
  • Lung
  • Liver
  • Leukaemia
  • Stomach
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas
  • Bowel
  • Ovary
  • Bladder
  • Cervix

There are many reasons to quit

Smoking & Your Family

Smoking & Pregnancy

Smoking & Mental Health

Going into Hospital

Ways to quit

Stop smoking aids and support can help you to quit.

With support

Smokers who quit with support from other people, whether trained advisers or family and friends, are more likely to quit successfully.

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Going it alone

Even if you choose not to ask others for support, stop smoking aids can help you deal with cravings when you quit.

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