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Put it out!

on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:03

Smoking in Ireland has become an epidemic and there is a significant high rate among young people. Walking through the college, one cannot but see many peers smoking outside college buildings, be it hail, rain or shine. Many start smoking due to peer pressure and are quickly sucked in to the addictive habit that it is. While the growing addiction may be subtle and overlooked, the hard facts relating to smoking are most certainly not.

  • 50% of all smokers will die from smoking related diseases, that is over 7000 a year
  • Smokers have an increased risk of cancers, heart disease, strokes, low birth weight and many other diseases
  • 90% of Lung cancers are caused by smoking
  • It is estimated that up to €2 billion is spent annually on treating tobacco related disease in Ireland
  • Passive smoke exposure increases the risk of stroke by 82%
  • Standing in the path of a smoker or their cigarette or being in a room in which there are smoker’s means being exposed to at least 50 agents known to cause cancer and other chemicals that increase blood pressure, damage the lungs and cause abnormal kidney function.
  • Smokers lose an average of 10-15 years from their life expectancy

These facts are a sobering truth and therefore it is essential to quit this life diminishing and expensive habit. There are many support services available to those who want to quit. Within the college the Health promotion service run classes and give information about smoking and how to quit. Students who would like to find out more should check out the Health Promotion website or contact Cindy Dring on 091-492048 or email cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie.

Other useful support services include:

www.quit.ie

www.hse.ie/go/QUIT 

www.ash.ie 

 
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