Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals including carbon monoxide and tar.
About 70 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. The Australian Government Quitline initiative identifies that smokers are at a higher risk of developing many potentially deadly diseases including:
- cancer of the lungs, mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus, pancreas, kidney, liver, bladder, bowel, ovary, cervix, bone marrow and stomach
- lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema
- heart disease including heart attack and stroke
- poor blood circulation which can lead to pain and in severe cases, gangrene and amputation.
Quitting smoking improves your health and reduces your risk of developing smoking related illnesses.