Smoking and the Effects of Cigarettes
Smoking has countless side effects, ranging from the impact on your health or the health of those around you, to the cost of each pack and even the damage it can do to your home. It blows my mind that smoking is still so widespread. While the popularity is on the decline, it is still estimated that 35% of men and 22% of women still smoke worldwide.
Some frightening smoking facts: cbd ground coffee
- Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemicals including more than 40 cancer causing agents and 200 known poisons.
- Nicotine is considered to be comparable to heroine in terms of addiction.
- The nicotine in a burning cigarette is released in a gas form that is easily absorbed through the lungs and into the blood stream. Nicotine alters the chemistry in the brain within seconds of inhalation, which causes a temporary euphoric sensation. Nicotine is similar to other street drugs in that over time, it takes more and more to feel the sensation of euphoria.
- The carbon monoxide found in cigarettes impairs the ability of blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body – including vital organs like the brain and heart.
- Smokers are in a constant state of oxygen deprivation because of the high amounts of carbon monoxide in their blood (4 to 15 times more than nonsmokers).
- The average cigarette has more than 600 times the concentration that is considered safe in industrial plants, where carbon monoxide poisoning is a constant danger.
A Sobering Experiment:
If the all of the facts about the chemicals introduced to your body through smoke haven’t convinced you of the danger of smoking, try this:
Step 1. Take a puff on a lit cigarette without actually inhaling the smoke into your lungs. Just hold it in your mouth.
Step 2. Take a white handkerchief or tissue and hold it up to your mouth.
Step 3. Exhale the smoke through the handkerchief and you will be able to see the tar that is deposited into your lungs with every breath of smoke. Just imagine the cumulative effect after smoking a pack a day for years.