Smokers should be aware of the potential damage done to the brain and other vital organs through toxins in cigarettes entering the blood, England's chief medical officer said, as Public Health England launches a new stop-smoking campaign. Professor Dame Sally Davies added:
Smoking is the major cause of premature death, with one in two smokers dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases, and it is extremely worrying that people still underestimate the health harms associated with it.
However, it is not all doom and gloom for smokers looking to quit this New Year. Within five years of stopping smoking, your risk of stroke can be reduced to the same as a lifetime non-smoker.
More top news
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron insists his party can be the "strong opposition that Britain desperately needs".
Sunderland have finally lost their battle against relegations and it was certainly years in the making, writes Simon O'Rourke.
Rain in the southwest of England will gradually spread further north and east.