Today is the national No Smoking Day, a campaign which was started in 1984 by the British Heart Foundation, with an aim to encourage people to stop smoking and raise awareness of its health implications.
Health risks of smoking
According to the NHS, around 78,000 people in the UK die every year from the health consequences of smoking.
Smoking can cause many types of cancer, the main type of course being lung cancer, as well as heart attacks, strokes, coronary heart disease and circulation problems.
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with around 47,000 people being diagnosed every year.
Smoking is the main cause for a lung cancer diagnosis, causing around 70% of cases. Exposure to second-hand smoke can also lead to lung cancer. However, lung cancer can be caused by other sources too.
Asbestos-related lung cancer
Asbestos exposure can also be linked to lung cancer. This can occur when somebody is exposed to asbestos dust or fibres. Frequent exposure to asbestos can cause scarring and damage to the lungs, which can trigger the development of lung cancer.
Smoking does not prevent a diagnosis of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure. In fact, someone who is both a smoker and has been exposed to asbestos is at a greatly increased risk of suffering from lung cancer, compared to someone who has only smoked.
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