Did you know? Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette and most of which are toxic as well as carcinogenic. Among 4000 chemicals in tobacco, there are 100 identified poisons and 63 known drugs which cause cancer! The most talked about drug in tobacco is nicotine which is a vasoconstrictor and a nerve toxin, it has been classified as a class I insecticide. Other poisons included in tobacco are Arsenic, Cyanide, Formaldehyde which is used to embalm bodies, Ammonia Bromide, a toilet cleaner.
Does the above information make any difference to you as a smoker? I don’t know how you feel, but I had a crawling sensation down my spine when I was going through the facts. Perhaps you are not aware of the consequences of smoking, may be that’s why you are least bothered when I said that tobacco has 100 identified poisons. Don’t think I am naïve, I understand that quit smoking is not an easy job. You need motivation to stop smoking and get ready for the withdrawal effects.
While there are medicines like Chantix to take care of your withdrawal effects, I will try to give you reasons as to why you should stop smoking.
Let me tell you that it took more than three years to prepare The 2004 Surgeon General’s Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking by 19 of the country’s top scientists, doctors, and public health experts. And the full report is nearly 1,000 pages long! Gosh… They must have found uncountable consequences of smoking, so it took so long and so many pages to complete. The major findings were divided into four parts;
Þ Smoking tobacco harms almost every organ of human body, resulting in many diseases and effecting adversely to the overall heath of smokers. Þ Smoking cessation has instant as well as long-standing benefits by dropping risk factors for diseases caused by smoking and improving overall health. Þ Cigarettes that have machine-measured yield of tar and nicotine do not have actual health benefit. Þ The report has added to thee list of diseases previously known to be caused by smoking, including bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, and throat cancers, chronic lung diseases, coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases, as well as reproductive effects and sudden infant death syndrome. The list has been long-drawn-out to include acute myeloid leukemia, abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataract, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, pneumonia, stomach cancer, and periodontitis.
Should I look thunderstruck? Truly speaking, right now I am feeling a chill all over my body. After knowing the consequences, I cannot rest any longer in front of my monitor…I am hurrying out to let my smoking friends know what they are doing to their health and their future! I am fortunate enough to find a husband who does not smoke! He saves himself as well as the future of our family… not to mention that he saves me from secondhand smoking.
Oh, before signing off for the day, I just wanted to know… have you decided anything about your smoking habit? Quitting or continuing?
The author, Monalisa Hyden, addresses psychological and health related issues. If you wish to help yourself and your loved ones in quit smoking, you can log on to http://www.chantixhome.com for more information and advice.