Cigarettes were thought to promote decent health. So much so, that it was once marketed as a remedy for almost everything including coughs, colds, and bronchitis. However, as medical advancements moved forward and realized the actual effects of tobacco, so did the way people seen smoking.
Nowadays, it’s widely known that cigarettes can cause cancer, emphysema, birth defects, impotence problems among men, and many more. Moreover, while the general public has some degree of knowledge regarding smokes, here are some more details you might not understand.
1. In the US, cigarette companies are not allowed to place ads on TV. The last day cigarette ads appeared on TV was at January 1, 1971 – moved from December 31, 1970 – to let television networks cash in on the New Year’s Day football games. Nineteen-seventy was also the year when President Nixon required cigarette packs to place warning labels.
2. About 70% of the cigarette market worldwide is owned by Camel, Kent, Kool, and Marlboro.
3. With earnings of more than $400 billion a year, the cigarette industry is one of the world’s largest. It is estimated that about 1 trillion are sold worldwide each year.
4. One of the chemicals added to enhance the flavor of cigarettes is Urea, a chemical compound found in urine.
5. Each cigarette contains a host of poisonous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, and 43 other known carcinogens.
6. Cigarettes contain an excess of 4,000 ingredients. When combusted, an additional 200 compound chemicals are made. Most of these compounds have been linked to lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.
7. After the smoke is inhaled, it takes nicotine just 10 seconds to reach the brain. Additionally, it can be found in every part of the body, including breast milk.
8. Diabetic smokers should take care, 20% of a cigarette is made up of sugar, and the long term effects of burning sugar into the body is not yet known.
9. Studies show that smokers who use “light” or menthol cigarettes smoke about the same as “regular” cigarette smokers. This is because they tend to draw harder to get a “better” hit.
10. Scientists have claimed that smokers lose about 14 years of their life because of the habit. That is 14 good years better spent with loved ones.
If there were not enough reasons for you to stop smoking, hopefully, some of the facts above will inspire you to make an attempt. The amount of chemicals alone in one cigarette is scary enough, and if you attempt to fool yourself by smoking “light” cigarettes, consider again.
There’s a reason President Nixon banned cigarette ads and required warning labels added on to packs; it is due to cigarette smoking is that dangerous. Gone will be the days when smoking was the most “cool” thing to do, so for the sake of your health, and your loved ones, cease acting like it is.