Tobacco is a killer. Globally, around 4.9 million people die every year from diseases caused by smoking. That's one death every 7 seconds.
In the UK, tobacco kills around 106,000 people a year. Half of all regular smokers will die from a smoking related disease. Many will die in middle age losing up to 25 years of life. Each day 1,000 patients are admitted to NHS hospitals due to diseases caused by smoking.
Find out more about the current national NHS campaign on the Hidden Dangers of Smoking.
Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended.
There are 10 million ex-smokers in the UK. See how some of them kicked the habit and their reasons for wanting to quit.