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Health issues
Cancer – the UK's biggest killer

Smokers are more likely to have cancer, particularly lung cancer which is the UK's biggest cancer killer (30,000 deaths per year) and 80% of cases are caused by smoking.

The younger a person is when they start smoking and the more cigarettes they smoke, the greater the chances of them developing cancer.

If you start smoking when you're 15, you're twice as likely to develop cancer compared to starting smoking when you're 20.


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Women who have smoked for 40 years or more have a 60% greater risk of developing breast cancer.

The maths works the other way around of course. If someone has been smoking for a number of years and then quits, their chances of getting cancer drops dramatically.

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