This page contains advice for some of the most common issues or questions on topics which young people might be interested in as they grow older.

What are the dangers of smoking?​


  • The nicotine in cigarettes is addictive which means that giving up cigarettes is extremely hard.

  • ​Smoking has lots of immediate effects such as making your clothes, hair and breath smell, to costing you a lot of money to pay for the cigarretes when you become addicted.

  • Smoking stops oxygen getting to the skin which makes you more prone to spots and a dull complexion.

  • The long-term effects of smoking are well researched and documented, they includehigher risk of lung cancer, heart disease and strokes.

  • Approximately 100,000 people die a year due to smoke related issues, most of these are premature and preventable deaths.

  • Lots of research conclude that there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke, and there is no safe tobacco product.

What are the effects of smoking?


  • Regular smokers beieve that smoking tobacco helps them to relax, to handle stress and to feel less hungry.

  • Smoking cigarettes, just like any other drugs, ensures the chemicals reach the brain quickly - the nicotine is estimated to reach the brain in around 8 seconds.

  • The nicotine in the cigarette is what makes smoking addictive. It is both a stimulant and a relaxant drug.

  • Many smokers say that when they have a cigarette they feel relaxed, alert and calm. This is mostly due to the nicotine reacting with their brain. 

The Facts

How old do you need to be to smoke?


  • It is illegal to buy cigarettes until the age of 18.