Did you know that a single cigarette contains over 400 toxic chemicals? Let’s take a look at what is actually inside each one. For starters they contain nylon, embalming fluid, weed killer, paint stripper and plastic as ingredients. That doesn’t sound too tasty, and that is only a hand full of the 400 chemicals. When you pickup a food product from the supermarket, you most likely look at the ingredients that it contains before you decide to make a purchase. Things that you are most likely to look for are saturated fats, aspartame or perhaps peanuts if you have an allergy. It is a little strange that you don’t do the same thing when picking up a packet of cigarettes at the supermarket as well. You see a warning that “smoking kills” or a gruesome picture showing the affects of what smoking can do, but there isn’t a section on the pack listing the ingredients. Actually, the pack would be too small, they would have to attach a little booklet to each packet.
You have probably heard about the three main ingredients. Nicotine, which is a substance found naturally in the tobacco plant. It is highly addictive and only takes a few seconds to be absorbed into your bloodstream and reach your brain. Tar, is produced as a result of the manufacturing process. This goes directly to your lungs which builds up over time and reduces your ability to absorb oxygen. Carbon Monoxide, which is a by product from car exhaust fumes. It is highly toxic in high concentrations, and just takes a little longer through a cigarette.
You have heard that smoking causes cancer, but you are probably not sure how that happens. It is due to the number of chemicals that have the capability of causing cancer, they are called carcinogens.
Benzene can cause dizziness and light headedness, irritates the nose and throat and may cause an upset stomach and vomiting. It is used in waxes, resins, petrol and production of nylon.
Formaldehyde is a highly flammable liquid or gas and is used as a disinfectant, embalming fluid, home insulation and germicide. It can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and cause skin and lung allergy.
Selenium increases the risk of lung cancer if it is consumed in large quantities through smoking. In very small amounts though a supplement it can be beneficial as an antioxidant. Cigarettes don’t count as a nutritional supplement.
Beryllium causes bronchitis or pneumonia and can also scar the lungs and other organs within the body. It is used in electrical components, chemicals, x-ray tubes and ceramics.
Cadmium causes malformations in a fetus and permanent kidney damage, anemia and loss of smell. Nickel may also damage the fetus as well as causing coughing, shortness of breath and fluid in the lungs. It is used in batteries, making coins and metal alloys.
There are a number of other toxic chemicals that can be listed and summarized into why they are bad for you and what they are used for in the manufacturing industry. By now you should have realized why smoking is so bad for your health and that it is time to stop smoking. You don’t have to try and stop on your own. You can see your doctor and they will provide you with advice on how to stop smoking and provide you with different ways to stop smoking. There are patches and gums available to stop the cravings.