There’s something manufacturers of cigarettes are not telling you or maybe they have but you are so addicted to the stick that you don’t give a flying fart of the consequences.
Governments and health-based organisations have tried to dissuade people from becoming preys to the evil lurking behind a stick of cigarette but all their warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
From the streets to the clubs it is a common site in recent clime to see people engage in a flagrant display of smoking as though a prize awaits them at the end of each puff. This is heartbreaking.
Smoking is very dangerous and researches have proved even worst. It is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world today and people who smoke are likely going to suffer from cervix and lung cancers and diseases associated with the blood vessels and heart.
WHAT IS IN CIGARETTE?
I am sure you have asked this question countless of times and are probably wondering if the whole presage about smoking is hogwash. It is not and the earlier you began to see the ominously breathing problem you are having right now as a sign of worst things to come the better for you and me.
According to CDC, cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals toxic enough to cut down your years on earth in a twinkling. Most of these chemicals however, are found in small quantities but some are in very large amounts and could cause grave danger. The most dominant ones are listed below.
- Ammonia – this chemical is used in manufacture of cleaning products and fertilizers. When inhaled, ammonia weakens the immune system and increases your risk of developing Alzheimers, and dependent neurotoxicity and increased anxiety symptoms.
- Arsenic – used in the production of rat poison, other pesticides and insecticides. It increasesrisks of lung and bladder cancer and skin lesions.
- Angelica Root Extract – this is supposed to minimize premenstrual discomfort coupled with regulating reproductive functions. It causes cancer in animals.
- Acetone – used in nail polish remover and paint thinner. It causes headaches, increased pulsed rate, throat and lung irritation, nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness and possibly coma.
- Benzene – used in making dyes and synthetic rubber. Could cause leukemia, anemiaand excessive bleeding. Benzene exposure can also weaken the immune system because it damages white blood cells.
- Butane – it is used as fuel mostly for cooking, camping and in cigarette lighters. Causes abnormal electrical activity in the heart, deficiency of oxygen to the body causing inability to breathe, unconsciousness, hypersomnia – a desire to sleep for long period, and also euphoria.
- Carbon Monoxide – this is a poisonous gas and prolonged exposure can lead to death.
- Cadmium – used in batteries. Causes kidney damage, bone demineralization, impair lung function and increases risk of lung cancer.
- Hydrogen Cyanide – a deadly poison that could halt cellular respiration by inhibiting an enzyme in the mitochondria. It is the poison given to death row inmates when their time in prison has expired.
- DDT – this insecticide has been banned because of its deleterious health consequences. It Causes infertility in men, breast cancer and other forms of cancer
- Ethyl Furoate – this chemical is used in creams for the treatment of rashes and other skin related concerns. Exposure to Ethyl Furoate causes liver damage, blurred vision, mood changes, sleep problems, weight gain, puffy face, muscle weakness and oftentimes fatigue.
- Lead – this is very poisonous in high doses. It causes kidney damage and increases risk of blood pressure.
- Formaldehyde – this is very useful in medical laboratories and mortuaries for preserving dead bodies and specimens. It causes cancer, bronchitis and chest pain when inhaled.
- Methropene – this is a dangerous insecticide which causes birth defects and cancers.
- Methanol – an alternate fuel for internal combustion and other engines, such as race cars and rockets. Ingestion in large amounts can cause blindness and can be fatal if left untreated.
- Maltitol – sweetener for diabetes that could lead to frequent diarrhea and dementia
- Napthalene – ingredients in mothball. Causes cancer, blood in the urine and frequent nausea.
- Methyl Isocyanate – this chemical was accidentally released in Bhopal, India in 1984. 2000 deaths were recorded as a result. Ingestion could cause asthma, skin damage, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, coughing and chest pain.
- Nickel – this is used for making stainless steel and other corrosion-resistant alloys such as Invar(R), Monel(R), Inconel(R) and the Hastelloys(R). Causes lung infection and nasal damage.
- Polonium – this is a cancer-causing radioactive element.
- Radon – is a radioactive gas occurring naturally as the decay product of uranium. Radon and its decay products emit cancer-causing alpha, beta, and gamma particles that easily get into the lungs of anyone it comes in contact with.
THE DECEPTION OF TOBACCO COMPANIES
Have you ever stopped to wonder why you have an unflinching crave for cigarettes? The answer is ammonia (refer back to chemicals in cigarettes). Ammonia in cigarettes increases your satisfaction and makes you to always want to smoke. This chemical and others in the same category will only make you more addictive and disorganized for the rest of your life unless you quit.
These cigarette companies are ruthlessly ambitious and can stop at nothing to keep you addicted for as long as they want you to. For instance, all the chemicals listed above, including ammonia, are not necessary for the manufacture of cigarettes, yet they are being used. The question now is why are they being used in spite of their deleterious consequences?
HEALTH DANGERS OF SMOKING
Generally, smokers are at risk of lung and respiratory problems, cancer, heart and blood vessel problems, premature death, dental problems like receding gums, tooth loss, discoloured teeth and gums.
Smoking can endanger the lives of infants, children, pregnant women and even a fetus in the womb. Smoking affects men, women, children, pregnant women and immuno-compromised patients differently:
- Women: The health risk for women includes but not limited to cancer of the cervix, menstrual disorders, and fertility problems.
- Men: Impotence, lung cancer, excessive coughing, stroke and heart diseases, premature death and throat irritation.
- Children: Respiratory illnesses, ear infections, wheezing and breathlessness, decreased level of lung function, more frequent and severe asthma (among children with asthma).
- Infants: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Pregnant women– premature delivery and having low weight babies.
DOES THE FILTER PROTECT ME?
This is one of the marketing tactics by tobacco manufacturers to make you think that all is well when you smoke. All is not well because the filter does not do much. The filter in cigarettes does not remove enough tar to make them less dangerous. So, the cigarette is still very injurious to your health even with the filter.
The only best thing you can do for yourself and for people around you now is to quit smoking.