16 Shocking Smoking Facts
Everyone knows that smoking is a bad habit. But few are able to overcome the urge to smoke once he or she adopts the habit. Unconsciously, they try to justify this habit in their own minds and tell themselves that there is nothing wrong in smoking. The usual self-justification is that it gives a lot of mental satisfaction and comfort to oneself. Even though the smoker knows that smoking is bad for health, the smoker does not quit it for several reasons:
1. The smoker thinks that he or she can quit smoking anytime they want before contracting cancer or any other ill effects of smoking.
2. The smoker is of the opinion that he or she has no family history of having cancer and there is absolutely no chance of having the disease.
3. Smoking is a slow killer. It shows its ugly, cruel claws after a long time. All these years the disease is slowly progressing in you.
4. The smoker thinks that the smoking related diseases are for others, not for him or her.
Smoking – Facts and Statistics
? Presently there are about 1.1 billion smokers in the world. At the current rate of increase, the number will go up to 1.6 billion by the year 2025.
? China alone has 300 million smokers. They together smoke 1.7 trillion cigarettes a day. In other words, 3 million cigarettes are smoked everyday in China!
? Every minute 10 million cigarettes are sold worldwide. That adds up to 15 billion every day or over 5 trillion every year.
? Five trillion cigarette filters weigh 2 billion pounds.
? A cigarette contains 8 to 9 milligrams of nicotine. The nicotine contained in 4 or 5 cigarettes is enough to kill an adult if taken together. The nicotine contents of a cigar is 100 to 200 milligrams, and in some cases it goes up to 400 milligrams.
? Of the 8 to 9 milligrams of nicotine in a cigarette about two milligrams go into the lungs of the smoker. The rest is burned or colleted in the filter.
? Trillions of cigarette butts are discarded everyday to pollute the environment with their contents of nicotine and other toxic chemicals deposited by the cigarette smoke. The material of the filter, cellulose acetate takes 18 months to 10 years to get decomposed.
? Ambergris or whale vomit is used in the manufacture of cigarettes.
? There are hundreds of harmful chemicals in the cigarette smoke. Benzene, radioactive lead and plutonium and hydrogen cyanide are some of them. Benzene causes acute myeloid leukemia and 90 percent of exposure to benzene in the United States is from smoking. Hydrogen cyanide was used as genocide chemical in World War II.
? The smoke of a smoldering cigarette has much more toxic chemicals than in the exhaled smoke. Part of the remainder goes into the smoker’s blood stream to destroy the body.
? The effects of secondary smoking are also very serious. Smoking near other people is dangerous for their health. The secondary smoke contains as many as 50 chemicals which cause cancer. At least 11 of them are Group 1 carcinogens, having high potential to cause cancer. By smoking near your loved ones you are putting their health also at risk.
? The kids are picking up smoking at an alarming rate. In the United States 3,000 are turning to smoking everyday. Worldwide the number is 80,000 to 100,000 a day. One in five children of the age between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke, worldwide.
? Out of the present population of the youth in East Asia and the Pacific a quarter of them are destined to die of tobacco use.
? Half of the long term smokers die of tobacco related diseases.
? Every eight seconds a death occurs somewhere in the world due to smoking. Annually it accounts for five million deaths.
? At the present rate, tobacco is expected to kill one billion people this century.
It is high time for you to quit smoking. It will save you from a lot of misery and ultimate death. A lot of money is also saved by quitting smoking. You can buy a new car with the saved money or go for annual family holidays. Above all, you have no right to risk the health of your loved ones by smoking near them.
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