Shock Gallery - Hover over an image to learn some shocking facts.

  • Deforestation

    Image 1. Deforestation

    The Facts

    • Around 600 million trees are cut down every year to produce tobacco products.
    • Cigarette filters can take up to 12 years to decompose.
    • It has been estimated that 10 to 20 million people could be fed by food crops grown on land currently used for tobacco production.
  • Lung Disease

    Image 2. Lung Disease

    This man and his family suffered terribly because of his illness. Despite this, he found a way to send the world a message. Think about it.

    The Facts

    • The risk of lung cancer increases directly with the number of cigarettes smoked.
    • Smoking during teenage years forever increases the risk of lung cancer, even if the smoker stops later.
    • Stopping smoking before 30 avoids more than 90% of the risk of smoking related lung cancer.
  • Money

    Image 3. Money

    Smoking is a powerful addiction that controls people, normally from teenage years.

    It is so addictive that without huge determination and great support, it can continue for years.

    It's only a personal choice until you're addicted.

    • If you smoked 20 cigarettes a day over 20 years, it would cost you £40,000 plus
  • Mouth Cancer

    Image 4. Mouth Cancer

    This man began smoking at about 15.

    He is now only 40 and has mouth cancer which resulted in a 14 hour operation where a large section of his lower jaw was removed.

    A skin graft was taken from his leg to reconstruct his jaw. This left him with hair covered skin inside his mouth.

    Treatment is ongoing and updates will follow.

  • Children Smoking

    Image 5. Children Smoking

    The Facts

    • It is estimated that there are over 1.3 billion smokers worldwide and around 82% are in low and middle income countries.
    • Children with older siblings and parents who smoke are much more likely to smoke.
    • In some developing countries, smoking can lead to malnutrition due to limited income being spent on tobacco (due to its addictive nature) instead of food for the family.

    Image Rights Belong To - OgGie Duque "OgGie Duque has been into photography for 3 years. Some of his works were published in various Philippine local magazines such as I-mag, Maxim, and Digital Photographer Phil, Calendars and other websites. He's an affliate of different photography groups such as 'Taong Kalye' in Flickr and 'lente ni juan'. His fields in photography are Streetphotography, Portraits and Landscapes. As per Oggie, expressing himself through his pictures makes photography as his main interest."

  • Smoking Myths

    Image 6. Smoking Myths

    The Facts

    • Smoking related diseases can occur at any age. This pic shows a young woman who got mouth cancer at the age of 21.
    • Lower tar cigarettes are just as harmful as regular cigarettes as they tend to be lower in nicotine so smokers have more cigarettes or inhale more deeply to get the level of nicotine their bodies require.
    • Smoking when pregnant does not lead to an easier birth. On average babies are 8 ounces lighter but smoking during pregnancy leads to many complications for mothers and babies alike including increased risk of death and disease in infancy.
  • Arteries

    Image 7 Arteries

    The poisonous gas that comes from a car exhaust is carbon monoxide. The same poisonous gas is in cigarette smoke. This makes blood thicker, causes fatty deposits in the arteries (no matter how thin you look on the outside) and can result in a build up of fatty deposits as illustrated in this image until eventually the heart has to work extremely hard to pump blood through a very small hole.

    The Facts

    • Of all the risk factors that we can influence for coronary heart disease, the greatest one is smoking.
    • People under 40 have five times the risk of a heart attack if they smoke.
    • Smokers have a 16 times greater risk of getting blocked blood vessels in the legs or feet (which can lead to gangrene and amputations) than those that never smoked.
  • Risk

    Image 8 Risk

    This shows what happened under the surface of the man you saw earlier (see image 4) who had his jaw reconstructed due to mouth cancer. Note that his lower jaw is made of four pieces of bone. These came from his leg. Imagine how this felt.

    One in two lifetime smokers will die of a smoking related disease. Half of these deaths occur in middle rather than old age.

    Aside from death, smokers suffer much more with other illnesses all throughout their lives which reduce their quality of life.

    • Are you prepared to take the risk?
  • Money

    Image 9 Money

    Smoking is a powerful addiction that controls people, normally from teenage years.

    It is so addictive that without huge determination and great support, it can continue for years.

    It's only a personal choice until you're addicted.

    How people are manipulated to buy cigarettes

    • Cigarettes are displayed in big brightly lit displays behind the sweet counters in shops
    • Cigarettes are sold from vending machines where it is much harder to check the purchasers age
    • Cigarette packets advertise the brand (for free every time the pack is on show) to image conscious people who think their cigarettes say as much about them as their mobile and trainers
  • Fitness

    Image 10 Fitness

    This is a fit and healthy non smoker. You can't look, feel and be your best and smoke.

    The Facts

    • The damaging effects of cigarette smoke on the skin are not reversible.
    • Smokers in their 40s often have as many facial wrinkles as non smokers in their 60s.
    • The performance in a half marathon of a smoker of 20 cigarettes a day is that of a non smoker 12 years older.

About The Gallery

These pictures give an insight into the wide ranging consequences of smoking. If you have time why not click on the images and answer a few of the questions. You may be shocked at what you find out.
Thanks to all the people that allowed us to feature their images in the gallery. All statistics were provide by

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