Is your New Year resolution to give up smoking? Here are some hard-hitting facts

As 2015 gets underway many of us will have made New Year resolutions.

Lose weight, join a fitness club, take up a hobby or attend an evening class and learn a new skill - there are many to choose from.

But it’s fair to say that perhaps one of the most popular New Year resolutions made by hundreds if not thousands of people every year is to give up smoking.

For information on smoking cessation courses and help near you, log on to the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website at

Here are some facts and information about smoking that can be found on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.

Around 30% of the population of Greater Glasgow and Clyde smoke - that’s about 288,000 people.

People aged 25 to 44 smoke the most.

Nearly a third (29%) of all deaths at all ages are attributable to smoking.

Smoking causes a range of illnesses including cancer, coronary heart disease and bronchitis.

Smokers can expect to reduce their lifespan by around ten to 15 years.

Half of all smokers will die prematurely.

One third of smokers who die from smoking-related disease, die before retirement.

You are 20 times more likely to die from a smoking-related disease than in a road accident.

Around 29% of deaths at all ages are attributable to smoking.

Smoking when pregnant increases the risk of your baby being premature, underweight and increases the risk of cot death.

If you continue to smoke after birth, your child is more at risk of developing certain cancers, suffering asthma attacks and other breathing difficulties and will be twice as likely to become a smoker themselves.

In the UK, it is estimated that around 17,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital because their parents smoke.

Passive smoking can make conditions such as asthma and bronchitis worse.

It has been linked to conditions such as glue ear in children.

Smoking rates among young people in Scotland are the highest in the UK.

At 13, 3% of children are regular smokers. By the age of 15, this rises to 14%. Girls in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are significantly more likely to be regular smokers than boys.

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal.

After eight hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.

After 24 hours of your last cigarette, your risk of having a heart attack decreases.

After 48 hours of your last cigarette, nicotine is eliminated from your body.

After 72 hours of your last cigarette, breathing becomes easier as the bronchial tubes relax and your lung capacity increases.

Between two weeks and three months of your last cigarette, circulation improves and lung function is increased by 30%.

Between one and nine months of your last cigarette , coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath decreases.