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Smoking facts and figures

Smoking kills - 1 in every 2 smokers will die from a tobacco-related disease. As well as this:

  • smoking takes 10 to 15 quality years off your life
  • every cigarette you smoke takes 5 and a half minutes off your life
  • every 6 and a half seconds someone in the world dies from smoking - that’s 1.5 million people a year
  • most smokers (83%) regret starting smoking and say they wouldn’t smoke if they had the choice again

In Ireland, smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death. Nearly 6,000 people die in Ireland each year from the effects of smoking and thousands of others suffer from smoking-related diseases.

It doesn’t have to be this way for you. You can quit and we can help. You can get free support from the Quit Programme and sign up to a free, personalised Quit plan to help you stop smoking.

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page last reviewed: 25/03/2019
next review due: 25/03/2022

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