When I have treated somebody for smoking and then speak to them a few months later they all say: “I am saving a fortune.”

For the majority this equates to over £200.00 a month or £2400.00 a year.

Smoking is now the principal avoidable cause of premature deaths in the UK. It harms people who do not smoke. It harms babies in the womb'

17,000 hospital admissions in a single year of children under 5 are due to their parents smoking'

Smoking kills more than 13 people an hour. For the EU as a whole the number of deaths from tobacco is estimated at well over 500,000 a year.

As well as being the prime cause of cancer and heart disease, it also causes many other fatal conditions and chronic illnesses among adults for example, 46,500 deaths from cancer a year in the UK - 3 out of 10 cancer deaths: lung cancer, cancer of the mouth, larynx, oesophagus, bladder, kidney, stomach and pancreas. 1 out of every 7 deaths from heart disease - 40,300 deaths a year in the UK from all circulatory Diseases can all be attributed to smoking it is also linked to many other serious conditions including asthma and brittle bone disease (osteoporosis.) levels of smoking are particularly high among people with severe mental illness. This is likely to be one of the reasons why the severely mentally ill tend to die younger.

Someone who starts smoking aged 15 is 3 times more likely to die of cancer due to smoking than someone who starts in their mid-20s.

. The dangers of smoking are clear,

over 120,000 people are killed a year because they smoke half of all who continue to smoke for most of their lives die of the habit; a quarter before the age of 69, and a quarter in old age, at time when average life expectancy is 75 for men and nearly 80 for women those who smoke regularly and die of a smoking-related disease lose on average 16 years from their life expectancy compared to non-smokers.

Passive smoking

Several hundred people a year in the UK are estimated to die from lung cancer brought about by passive smoking. Passive smoking almost certainly also contributes to deaths from heart disease - an even bigger killer than lung cancer. Passive smoking, even in low levels, can cause illness. Asthma sufferers are more prone to attacks in smoky atmospheres. Children, more vulnerable than adults and often with little choice over their exposure to tobacco smoke, are at particular risk.

Children whose parents smoke are much more likely to develop lung illness and other conditions such as glue ear and asthma than children of non-smoking parents.