Stop Smoking Campaign Aimed at Dorset's 17% Who Smoke
12:03am 29th December 2013
17% of Dorset's population are breathing in arsenic and cyanide.
That's the estimated number of people in the county who smoke - and those are just two of the dangerous chemicals which cigarettes contain.
To get more people to quit, Public Health England have launched a new hard hitting campaign - telling smokers they're twice as likely to die of a stroke.
Studies also suggest that smoking accelerates cognitive decline in men and women leading smokers to experience poorer memory and a greater decline in reasoning in later life.
The risk of dementia, along with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer are further increased when smoking is combined with any or all of heavy drinking, poor diet, lack of exercise and high blood pressure.
Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said:
"We know about the serious effect smoking has on the heart and lungs but smokers need to be aware of how much potential damage is being done to the brain and other vital organs through toxins in cigarettes entering the blood.
"Smoking is the major cause of premature death, with one in two smokers dying prematurely from smoking related diseases, and it is extremely worrying that people still underestimate the health harms associated with it.
"However, it is not all doom and gloom for smokers looking to quit this New Year. Within five years of stopping smoking, your risk of stroke can be reduced to the same as a lifetime non-smoker."