Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What do we get on Cigarettes?

"Can you imagine blogging with your favorite laptop in front of the exhaust of car while the engine is running?" The carbon monoxide fumes from a car exhaust can kill you. But so can that cigarette that you puff on lazily as you blog on your laptop. That's because carbon monoxide fumes are released in the air when tobacco is burned. Its also stays inside the body to combine with hemoglobin, a form of protein in the red blood cells that transports oxygen to the body tissues. This combination slowly depletes the body of its oxygen supply. Which means that's smoking and sports don't mix since carbon monoxide reduces the supply of oxygen for your muscles. Research shows that smokers suffer shortness of breath almost 3 times more often than non-smokers. Carbon monoxide and nicotine combined can paralyze the lungs delicate hairs, called cilia. The respiratory system relies on the cilia to "sweep" the lungs and airways clean of dust, mucous and other dirt. Paralyzation Prevents them from doing this crucial function. The result, is what we known as smoker's cough.

What's in a Cigarette

There are lots! more than just addictive nicotine, these are the poison that go into your lungs each time you inhale cigarette smoke:

  • Arsenic: used in rat poison
  • Acetic Acid: hair dye and developer
  • Acetone: main ingredient in paint and fingernail polish remover
  • Ammonia: a typical household cleaner
  • Benzene: rubber cement
  • Cadmium: found in batteries and artists oil paint
  • Carbon monoxide: poison
  • Formaldehyde: used to embalm dead bodies
  • Hydrazine: used in jet and rocket fuels
  • Hydrogen Cyanide: poison in gas chambers
  • Naphthalene: use in explosive, moth balls and paint pigments
  • Nickel: used in the process of electroplating
  • Phenol: used in disinfectants and plastics
  • Polonium:radiation dosage, equal to 300 chest x-rays in one year
  • Styrene: found in insulation material
  • Tuluene: embalmers glue
  • Vinyl chloride: ingredient found in garbage bags
The damage smoking does to our insides eventually shows in our physical appearance. Its not about being vain, but puffing can really strip you of handsome/pretty points. Unless you want any of these features on you, think real hard before deciding to light up a cigarette.
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Bad breath
  • Black lips
  • A yellow stain on fingertips
  • Stained teeth that's either yellowish or brownish
  • An overall odor of stale smoke that everyone, except you, can detect
Smoking or not smoking? Do we have to think twice?


Mike Foster said...

Important post about a topic that infuriates me: smoking. My father dies from a lifetime of excessive smoking and there is absolutely nothing positive one can derive from cigarettes.


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