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Dear Mr Blair 114,000 - The number of deaths caused by smoking every year in the UK alone, this number is predicted to rise to 495,000 by 2040. But the question is; are you willing to help bring this down, to zero?

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J Limerick 33 Galingale Way Portishead, Bristol England BS20 7LU 10 Downing Street London England SWA 6295 25 Febuary 2006 Dear Mr Blair 114,000 - The number of deaths caused by smoking every year in the UK alone, this number is predicted to rise to 495,000 by 2040. But the question is; are you willing to help bring this down, to zero? If you have not already realised by now why I am writing this letter to you, it is to ask for your help. Myself, and infact the majority of Britain need your help, we need you to ban smoking permanently in the UK, doing so would help save a massive ammount of people from deaths due to smoking - Cardiovascular Disease, Lung Canser and Emphysema are 3 of the more serious threats to a smokers health (and also people in the proximity of a someone smoking), and will be dealt with in more detail in this letter. "Smoking is a greater cause of death and disability than any single disease, according to the World Health Organization. ...read more.

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also - a pack of 2000 will cost 1 and a half days of precious life. Of the 300 people who die every day in the UK as a result of smoking, many are comparatively young smokers. The number of people under the age of 70 who die from smoking-related diseases exceeds the total figure for deaths caused by breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction. Non-smokers and ex-smokers can also look forward to a healthier old age than smokers. There are many health-related reasons to ban cigarettes - not just for smokers, but to protect those non-smokers that just cannot avoid second hand smoke, i.e. at the workplace. The 'side-stream' smoke that comes off a cigarette between puffs carries a higher risk than directly inhaled smoke. Children who grow up in a home where one or both of their parents smoke have twice the risk of getting asthma and asthmatic bronchitis. They also have a higher risk of developing allergies. Infants under two years old are more prone to severe respiratory infections and cot death. ...read more.

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In the period of the last few months my very close friend was diognosed with lung canser, she now cannot speak at all and is hooked up to an oxygen supply (and has been for 4 weeks now) non-stop. Her children (a 7 year old girl and 9 year old boy) have suffered aswell, possibly much more mentally knowing thier mother has only a few more months of life, the 2 children are to be orphaned (as thier father died of heart disease 3 years earlier) This saddening story will, i hope, play a role in the persuasion of you to ban, and friends and familly to give up smoking for good. I, and many others believe that although a ban of smoking will effect people greatly at first, the long term effects will be extremely worthwhile, resulting in: Higher grades for university, college and secondry school students. Less illness and disease and less money going into the NHS. Sincerely, J. Limerick Department of health; published NHS Annual spending 1980-2020. Included as stated. ...read more.

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