Tobacco and Smoking

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Why is smoking such a killer?

Smoking kills because every puff of smoke contains carbon monoxide, cyanide, ammonia, sulphide, and of course nicotine. Nicotine is a poison which makes the nerves shaky and unsteady; it speeds up your heartbeat, raises your blood pressure and harms your digestive system. Nicotine causes people to be irritable and depressed and in it's pure form, nicotine is almost instantly fatal to humans.

The Facts

  • Every time a person smokes a cigarette it takes off 7 minutes of their life! Smoking a pack of 25 cigarettes can take off 3 hours and smoking a pack a day for a year can take off 44 days! Lifetime smokers end up taking off 5 to 10 years of their lives.Time is something you can never get back.
  • Nicotine, in cigarettes, is one of the most addictive substances.
  • Nearly 1 person per minute dies in North America due to smoking.
  • Children of smoking parents experience reduced lung function that can last or worsen over a lifetime.

Besides getting addicted, smoking is also very expensive. For the amount of money that people spend in their life for smoking they could have bought a brand new car. So, that's something to think about.

The main health risks associated with smoking include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Smokers cough
  • Mouth and throat cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Hardened and narrowed blood vessels
  • Bronchitis and other chest infections

Addiction

No one tries to get hooked on smoking. Many young people believe that having a cigarette once in awhile with their friends to stay cool will help them to fit in and they won't become addicted. This is a big misunderstanding as the substance, nicotine, in cigarette won't let it work that way. It can become all to easy to begin smoking more and more.

New smokers will find themselves lighting up at every chance they get and not realizing that they have just smoked a pack of cigarettes. Then they start smoking because it makes them feel good and soon they are continuing just to keep from feeling lousy.

That's when the cravings kick in, they find themselves wanting more and more. Within 30 minutes the effect of a cigarette wears off and the nicotine level in the body drops and that's when the smoker needs another cigarette. The person begins to feel worse and can become depressed or irritable so they have another cigarette to make themselves feel better. It is not difficult to see the cycle of addiction that controls smokers lives.

It is not easy to quit either. Some say "I can quit anytime I want". But it is not that easy. For some it takes months to get over the cravings, others say they never get over craving nicotine. Clearly it is better to never start in the first place.

SMOKING IS THE MOST PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND DEATH