Cigarettes were once believed to promote good health. So much so, that it was once marketed as a cure for almost everything including coughs, colds, and bronchitis. However, as medical advancements moved forward and realized the actual effects of tobacco, so too did the way people viewed smoking.
Today, it is widely known that cigarettes can cause cancer, emphysema, birth defects, impotence among males, and many more. Moreover, while the general public has some degree of knowledge regarding cigarettes, here are some more facts you might not know.
In the US, cigarette companies are not allowed to place ads on TV. The last day cigarette ads appeared on TV was at January 1, 1971 – moved from December 31, 1970 – to let television networks cash in on the New Year’s Day football games. Nineteen-seventy was also the year when President Nixon required cigarette packs to place warning labels.
- About 70% of the cigarette market worldwide is owned by Camel, Kent, Kool, and Marlboro.
- With earnings of more than $400 billion a year, the cigarette industry is one of the world’s largest. It is estimated that about 1 trillion are sold worldwide each year.
- One of the chemicals added to enhance the flavor of cigarettes is Urea, a chemical compound found in urine.
- Each cigarette contains a host of poisonous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, and 43 other known carcinogens.
- Cigarettes contain an excess of 4,000 ingredients. When combusted, an additional 200 compound chemicals are made. Most of these compounds have been linked to lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.
- After the smoke is inhaled, it takes nicotine just 10 seconds to reach the brain. Additionally, it can be found in every part of the body, including breast milk.
- Diabetic smokers should take care, 20% of a cigarette is made up of sugar, and the long term effects of burning sugar into the body is not yet known.
- Studies show that smokers who use “light” or menthol cigarettes smoke about the same as “regular” cigarette smokers. This is because they tend to draw harder to get a “better” hit.
- Scientists have claimed that smokers lose about 14 years of their life because of the habit. That is 14 good years better spent with loved ones.
If there weren’t enough reasons for you to stop smoking, hopefully, some of the facts above will move you to make an effort. The number of chemicals alone in one cigarette is scary enough, and if you try to fool yourself by smoking “light” cigarettes, think again.
There’s a reason President Nixon banned cigarette ads and required warning labels added on to packs; it is because cigarette smoking is that dangerous. Gone are the days when smoking was the “cool” thing to do, so for the sake of your health, and your family’s, stop acting like it is.