Smoking is one of the greatest causes of illness and premature death in the UK. It can create a number of problems not only for the smoker, but also for the people around them. Second hand smoke often leads to ill health in adults and can also harm young children and babies, increasing their risk of intense coughing, wheezing and asthmatic symptoms.
In July 2007, smoking was banned in the workplace and enclosed public spaces. This law is part of the Health Act 2006, which was established to introduce smoke-free environments for the benefit of all. With research showing that smoking accounts for more than one third of respiratory deaths and around one quarter of cancer deaths, the aim of this law is to benefit the life of the smoker and their colleagues in the workplace, with the goal of stopping smoking altogether.
It can be difficult to stop smoking, but the benefits are numerous. After one month of giving up your skin will seem clearer, after three to nine months your breathing will have improved and after one year the risk of a heart attack or heart disease will have fallen dramatically.