Dangers of Smoking
"Quit Smoking Information"
The Dangers of Smoking are too numerous to list and are very dangerous to all those who smoke. Most individuals don't know about the real dangers of smoking. Don't ever be fooled, the dangers of smoking are extremely hazardous and they can kill you in a matter of days!
There are over 4,000 chemical agents in tobacco products! Did you know that over 60 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer and another 400 of these chemicals are poisonous? Here are just a few of the many chemicals that are ingested into the body when smoking cigarettes and other various tobacco products. This information is extremely important and you should take your time reviewing it. Your life really depends on you understanding the severity of the problem.
- Acetaidehyde is a highly reactive chemical, it is irritating and depressive to all cells in the body. It is also suspected to be a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).
- Acetone is used to make artificial fibers, explosives, resins, paints, inks, cosmetics (including nail-polish remover), coatings, and adhesives.
- Ammonia is a common ingredient in many cleaning products. Ammonia speeds up the delivery of nicotine to the brain, which keeps you addicted.
- Arsenic is a notorious poison and is used in pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rat poison and is used in the manufacturing of various alloys.
- Benzene is a carcinogen (linked to leukemia and blood disorders) and is used for the manufacturing of industrial solvents, drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber, and dyes.
- Butane is used as fuel for cigarette lighters, as a propellant in aerosol sprays and is often added to regular gasoline to boost performance.
- Carbon Monoxide enters your blood stream and takes the place of oxygen, causing less oxygen to be delivered to your brain, heart and vital organs.
- Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal commonly found in industrial workplaces, particularly where any ore is being processed or smelted. About 75% of Cadmium is used in nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad) batteries.
- Eugenol can cause a wide range of symptoms from blood in the urine, to convulsions, diarrhea, nausea, unconsciousness, dizziness, or rapid heartbeat.
- Formaldehyde is used in glues for wood products, disinfectants, cosmetics, resins, fertilizers, embalming fluids and solutions for preserving biological tissues.
- Hydrogen Cyanide is an extremely poisonous chemical compound that is used in tempering steel, dyeing, explosives, engraving, and in gas chambers on death row.
- Lead is a poisonous metal that can cause blood and brain disorders. When ingested may cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death.
- Methanol has poisonous properties and is commonly known as wood alcohol. It is used on a limited basis to fuel internal combustion engines.
- Napthalene is volatile, forming a flammable vapor. It can destroy both blood and liver cells and is best known as the primary ingredient of mothballs.
- Nickel is a carcinogen that is considered to be poisonous if ingested. It is used in electroplating metals and is widely used as an additive to steel and cast-iron alloys.
- Nicotine is not only a stimulant and a poison, but it is an extremely addictive drug. It is used in insecticides and a single drop is enough to kill the average individual.
- Phenols can destroy the protein in cells, poisoning them directly and have been used in antiseptics, germicides, disinfectants, antioxidants and caustics.
- Polonium is found in uranium ores and is a radioactive metallic element. It is present in tobacco smoke that came from tobacco leaves grown with phosphate fertilizers.
- Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert radioactive gas. It is one of the heaviest gases and is considered to be a definite health hazard.
- Tar in cigarette smoke paralyzes the cilia in the lungs and contributes to serious lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer.
- Turpentine is an extremely flammable solvent and is used for thinning oil-based paints and for producing varnishes. Its vapor can burn the skin and eyes, damage the lungs and respiratory system, as well as the central nervous system when inhaled.
"A Little Smoking Trivia"
Did you know... that Ambergris Tincture, commonly known as "Whale Vomit" is added to cigarettes for flavoring? Ambergris is a fatty, waxy substance that forms in the intestines of the sperm whale. Fresh ambergris is foul smelling and floats on the ocean surface. Every time that you light up a cigarette, simply think of where that great taste came from!
"A Warning From the Surgeon General"
To quit smoking, you must have a real incentive to quit. The dangers associated with smoking are quite instrumental in helping you to mentally prepare for that day. If you really want to quit smoking, please continue reading all of the information on this page and check out all of the links that are provided below. Your life is definitely worth an hour of your time! Don't you agree?
"Get the Real Facts About Secondhand Smoke"
It is estimated that there will be over 213,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed this year and it is also estimated that there will be over 160,000 individuals that will die as a result from lung cancer in the United States. Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women? Did you know that 87% of all lung cancer is a direct result of smoking? Lung cancer is one form of cancer that you can prevent.
"See What Cigarettes are Doing to Your Lungs"
It is said that approximately 5,400,000 people die each year from smoking throughout the world. It is estimated that this death-toll will continue to increase to approximately 6,500,000 deaths in 2015 and to 8,300,000 deaths in 2030. That means the death-toll from smoking will increase about 53.7% by the year 2030. To make sure that you do not become one of these statistics, simply decide today to quit smoking as soon as possible!.
"If You're a Smoker... You're Addicted to Nicotine"
It is agreed by all smokers that have kicked the habit, that smoking is a very hard habit to break because the tobacco contains nicotine which is known to be extremely addictive. Just like heroin or cocaine, your body and your mind becomes quickly addicted to the nicotine and the smoker feels as though they need to smoke just to feel normal.
Nicotine is the tobacco plant's natural protection from being eaten by insects. Simply put, it's a pesticide. Each drop of nicotine is more deadly than arsenic, strychnine or snake venom.
Nicotine arrives in your brain within 10-19 seconds after inhaling smoke from your cigarette, cigar or pipe. Your brain then generates "dopamine" which provides you with a sensation of being rewarded for smoking. Don't forget that nicotine produces physical and mood-altering effects in your brain that you find temporarily pleasing which reinforces your continued use of tobacco products and your dependency upon nicotine.
Once addicted to tobacco because of the nicotine, you are then faced with a multitude of health problems that are directly related to the substances in the tobacco smoke... which include damage to your lungs, heart and blood vessels. It has been proven that individuals that smoke have significantly higher rates of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Your degree of addiction directly depends upon two factors. How much do you smoke and for how long have you smoked. Needless to say, an individual who currently smokes 1/2 pack of cigarettes each day and has smoked for only 4 years will find it much easier to quit smoking than someone who has smoked 2 packs of cigarettes every day for the last 15 years.
You'll undergo withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit smoking. You may experience strong cravings for tobacco and you may show signs of anxiety, irritability, restlessness, headache, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, stomach upset and even constipation or diarrhea. Is going through all this worth a healthier body? You bet your life it is!
No one has ever said that it was going to be easy for you to quit smoking, but with the help of our Quit Smoking program, you will have a terrific chance of kicking this deadly habit for good.
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