Cigarette smoking is one of the major causes of many diseases and about 100,000 deaths in UK are reported every year due to this habit. Some of the complications brought by it include respiratory disease, heart disease and lung cancer.
Many experts and research institution are doing the best to see how far it has caused the damage. According to World Health Organization (WHO), about 6 million people are being killed through direct smoking and second-hand effects. Additionally, it continues to show that about 7 million people will be affected by the year 2020 and in2030, 8 million and more will die due to the effects of the cigarette.
In the UK, there have been some noticeable changes meant to curb this habit. For example, it will impossible for people to smoke indoors starting this October and the law also prohibited smoking inside the cars. This is done to discourage second-hand effects.
Cigarettes’ smoking is not cheap, and smokers do not know that they spend some part of their salary on the products. By the year 2020, one packet that has 20 cigarettes will now be sold at 15 pounds. This is done to prevent cancer and other ailments brought by the smoking habit. The Independent Cancer Taskforce was mandated to come with ways to reduce smoking habits, and they suggested there is need to prevent and have an early diagnosis so as to save about 30,000 people every year. The project has 2billion pounds to spend on campaigns against smoking and prevention of cancer diseases.
Right now the price of one packet of the cigarettes is about 9.60 pounds, and many people are still smoking the cigarettes. For example, in 2013-14 England had around 280,000 numbers of people with cancer and this is believed to go high by 30% in about 15 years.
The best way to support all the recommended measures is to listen to the organization. This is according to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens.
He believes that the NHS is the best option in starting ways of prevention, diagnosis at an early stage, modern technology and also providing compassionate care. Additionally, Dr Richard Roope from Cancer Research UK’ GP specialist gave a warning that if NHS does not implement the suggestions without delay, it will face a perfect storm. This means that there is high odds that in the future there will be more people who will be diagnosed with cancer.
As a result, it is estimated that the cost of treating cancer is estimated to double to £13 billion in the next 5 years.