Friday, 30 November 2012

Smoking facts

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and diminishes a person’s overall health. Millions of People have health problems caused by smoking. Here are some interesting facts on smokes

#  Most traded item on the earth are Cigarettes with approximately 1 trillion being sold from country to country each year. At a worldwide take of more than $400 billion.

# Scientists claim the average smoker will lose 14 years of their life.

# Harvard University and the Massachusetts Health Department revealed that between 1997 and 2005 the amount of nicotine in Camel, Newport, and Doral cigarettes may have increased by as much as 11 percent.

# US President Nixon signed the law that placed warning labels on cigarettes In 1970 and banned television advertisements for cigarettes.

# U.S. cigarette manufacturers now make more money through exports than they do selling to Americans.

# Marlboro, Kool, Camel and Kent own roughly 70% of the global cigarette market.

# Cigarettes contain Arsenic, Formaldehyde, Lead, Hydrogen cyanide, Nitrogen oxide, Carbon monoxide, Ammonia and 43 known carcinogens.

# Urea,  is used to add “flavor” to cigarettes.

# Cork Tip filter was made-up in 1925 by Hungarian Boris Aivaz, who patented the procedure of making the cigarette filter from crepe paper. All kinds of filters were tested, although cork  is not likely to have been one of them.

# The legal age for the purchase of tobacco products is now 18, raised from 16, In most countries, In Japan minimum age is 20.

# Smoking bans in public places by many countries. As a result, many social businesses have claimed a significant drop in the number of people who go out to pubs, bars and restaurants.

# Highest percentage of smokers in US are from Kentucky (28.7%), Indiana (27.3%), and Tennessee (26.8%), while the states with the fewest are Utah (11.5%), California ( 15.2%), and Connecticut (16.5%).

# Cigarettes can contain more than 4,000 ingredients, which, when burned can also produce over 200 ‘compound’ chemicals. Many of these ‘compounds’ have been linked to lung damage.

# Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.

# Sugar attacks approximately 20% of smokers, and many diabetics are unaware of this secret sugar intake. Also, the effect of burning sugar is unknown.

# The immune systems of smokers has to work harder every day than non-smokers. As a result, a smokers’ blood will contain less antioxidants, although a smokers immune system may be quicker to respond to virus attacks due to its more active nature.

19. ‘Lite’ cigarettes are produced by infusing tobacco with CO2 and superheating it until the tobacco ‘puffs up’ like expanding foam. The expanded tobacco then fills the same paper tube as ‘regular’ tobacco.

# ‘Lite’ cigarettes are manufactured with air holes around the filter to ventilate the smoke as it is drawn in. Many smokers have learned to cover these holes with their fingers or their lips to get a stronger hit.

# Smokers draw more tar on ‘lite’ and menthol cigarettes than regular cigarettes.

# Smokers often smoke after meals to ‘allow food to digest easier’. In fact, this works because the bodies priority moves away from the digestion of food in favor of protecting the blood cells and flushing toxins from the brain.

# A number of people (generally males) can be aroused by the sight of smoker smoking (usually females). This is called the Smoking Fetish, the reason for this arousal can usually be traced back to incidents in childhood. However, cigarettes – particularly menthols, force blood away from the penis if smoked while aroused.

# According to WHO, approximately 25% of cigarettes sold around the globe are smuggled.

# Toppings are added to the tobacco for  unique taste . Some of these toppings have included; clove, licorice, orange oil, apricot stone, lime oil, lavender oil, dill seed oil, cocoa, carrot oil, mace oil, myrrh, beet juice, bay leaf, oak, rum, vanilla, and vinegar.

#  Most smokers take up the habit in their mid teens, well before the legal age for purchasing them, and is seen as a passage towards adulthood. Other perceived rights of passage include: aftershave, wearing stilettos, alcohol, drugs and sexual intercourse; with a combination of these sometimes being cited as the main causes of teenage pregnancy.

#  Smokers usually report a variety of after-effects; such as stillness, leisure, attentiveness, stimulation, attentiveness and many others. In fact, smoking will produce a different consequences in each individual depending on what they anticipate to get; turning the cigarette into the worlds most popular placebo (satisfying the brains hunger for nicotine being the only ‘relaxing’ factor). The smoker will then use these potential as a means to maintain the habit.

#  Nicotine in a cigarette is many times more potent than that of a tobacco plant.

If pregnant woman smokes, lower the amount of oxygen available to her and growing baby, that increase baby's heart rate. And the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth, Increase the risk that baby is born prematurely and/or born with low birth weight. Increase the risk of developing respiratory (lung) problems in baby. The more cigarettes smoke per day, the greater the baby's chances of developing these and other health problems. There is no "safe" level of smoking while pregnant.

# Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of whom more than 5 million are users and ex users and more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030.