Imagine you smoked 10 cigarettes per day, for 30 years. If you had never started smoking, which of the following things could you have bought instead?
15‑inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
First-class plane ticket from London to New York
All of these!
A round-the-world cruise
Now imagine that you’ve been a smoker for 12 years, smoking 20 cigarettes per day. In the time you’ve spent smoking, what else could you have done?
Flown around the world in a hot air balloon
Walked across the whole of Australia by foot
Travelled to Mars and back, in a spaceship
Watched every single James Bond movie ever made back to back
All cigarettes contain tar, a sticky residue which is also carcinogenic (it causes cancer). If you smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 40 years, all the tar you’d inhaled would weigh the same as what?
A newborn baby
A fully grown labrador retriever
A sack of potatoes
A bag of sugar
If you smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 25 years, and lined up every cigarette end to end, how long would the line of cigarettes be?
The length of a marathon
The distance over the English channel between Dover and Calais
The height of the 87 floor glass skyscraper The Shard
The width of Portugal
Say you smoked 10 cigarettes for 15 years, how long would it take for the body to start healing after you quit?
It depends on your age and whether you’re male or female
You never really heal if you’re a smoker