Published On: Tue, Sep 7th, 2010

Kick The Costly, Harmful Smoking Habit

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Costly Smoking Habit

It’s on your mind at least 20 times a day or more. It takes up your work breaks, It comes between each drink at the bar. It’s always your favorite companion for the car ride, It’s there for you every time you find yourself in a stressful situation. Then…when it’s not within your reach, and inaccessible or you are trying to kick it to the curb, it arouses all kinds of feelings-frustration, anxiety, headaches,  stomach aches, anger, some people even get themselves into a rage!

At this point, you may have guessed  I am talking about the good ol’ cigarette that approximately 1.3 billion people across the globe are smoking at least 1-2 packs of every single day.

Now,  if you think about the tobacco companies for a moment, guess how much money they are raking in on you if you smoke at least one pack per day, seven days a week? The average cost in the United States for a pack of cigarettes is about $6. New Yorkers actually have to pay almost $10 a pack! So if we multiply 1 pack of 20 single cigarettes, by $6, then multiply that by 7, what do you get?  $42  a week. If you smoke 2 or more packs, we could be talking up to $100 a week.  In New York, that would be about $70-150 a week alone! That is a lot of cash that in today’s economy could be well spent on food, clothing, and other much necessities.

So I present this article to you as a wake up call for two reasons. The first…what are you inhaling when you take a drag off a cigarette, the severe damage is it doing to your body and brain, and what the tobacco company’s hidden agenda’s really are. Read closely and carefully, if you’ve never learned about this, this my shock and appall you.

Harmful Smoking Habit

According to Quitsmokingsupport.com:

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT.

Nicotine is highly addictive. Smoke containing nicotine is inhaled into the lungs, and the nicotine reaches your brain in just six seconds. While not as serious as heroin addiction, addiction to nicotine also poses very serious health risks in the long run.

Nicotine in small doses acts as a stimulant to the brain. In large doses, it’s a depressant, inhibiting the flow of signals between nerve cells. In even larger doses, it’s a lethal poison, affecting the heart, blood vessels, and hormones. Nicotine in the bloodstream acts to make the smoker feel calm.

As a cigarette is smoked, the amount of tar inhaled into the lungs increases, and the last puff contains more than twice as much tar as the first puff. Carbon monoxide makes it harder for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Tar is a mixture of substances that together form a sticky mass in the lungs.

Most of the chemicals inhaled in cigarette smoke stay in the lungs. The more you inhale, the better it feels—and the greater the damage to your lungs. Ask anyone with a medical lab technology degree. They will be able to tell you what damage smoking does to the lungs.”

Cigarette Maker Lists Ingredients

For the first time, an American tobacco company has begun listing long-secret ingredients contained in its cigarettes directly on the label. Liggett Group Inc. introduced cartons that list the ingredients in its L&M cigarettes, including molasses, phenylacetic acid and the oil of the East Indian mint called patchouli. The move comes as the state of Massachusetts is trying to compel disclosure of all ingredients by all cigarette makers, an effort that other major tobacco companies are fighting.

Liggett, which broke with the industry by signing the first settlements ever with states and private attorneys suing it, supports the Massachusetts effort as well. “Liggett believes that its adult consumers have a right to full disclosure,” Liggett head Bennett S. LeBow said in a statement. Along with blended tobacco and water, the 26-item L&M list includes high fructose corn syrup, sugar, natural and artificial licorice flavor, menthol, artificial milk chocolate and natural chocolate flavor, valerian root extract, molasses and vanilla extracts, and cedarwood oil. Less familiar additives include glycerol, propylene glycol, isovaleric acid, hexanoic acid and 3-methylpentanoic acid.

Some 600 ingredients are used in American cigarettes, but a Liggett spokesman said the L&M statement was a “quite exhaustive list” of every ingredient used in that brand.

The companies have provided lists of ingredients to the federal Department of Health and Human Services for more than a decade, but government officials are legally not allowed to release the information. The industry also presented a composite list of 599 additives to congressional investigators in 1994, but that was never officially made public.

David Remes, an attorney who represents the four other tobacco companies challenging the state of Massachusetts, said the case comes down to the industry’s right to protect its trade secrets.

Lowell Kleinman, M.D., and Deborah Messina-Kleinman, M.P.H.
drkoop.com Health Columnists

Cigarette flavors have gone through many changes since cigarettes were first made. Initially, cigarettes were unfiltered, allowing the full “flavor” of the tar to come through. As the public became concerned about the health effects of smoking, filters were added. While this helped alleviate the public’s fears, the result was a cigarette that tasted too bitter.

Filters Don’t Work

Filters do not remove enough tar to make cigarettes less dangerous. They are just a marketing ploy to trick you into thinking you are smoking a safer cigarette.

The solution to the bitter-tasting cigarette was easy — have some chemists add taste-improving chemicals to the tobacco. Unfortunately, some of these chemicals also cause cancer.

But not all of the chemicals in your cigarettes are there for taste enhancement. For example, a chemical very similar to rocket fuel helps keep the tip of the cigarette burning at an extremely hot temperature. This allows the nicotine in tobacco to turn into a vapor so your lungs can absorb it more easily.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner? Most people prefer to use ammonia for things such as cleaning windows and toilet bowls. You may be surprised to learn that the tobacco industry has found some additional uses for this household product. By adding ammonia to your cigarettes, nicotine in its vapor form can be absorbed through your lungs more quickly. This, in turn, means your brain can get a higher dose of nicotine with each puff.

The complete list of chemicals added to your cigarettes is too long to list here. Here are some examples that will surprise you:

  • Fungicides and pesticides — Cause many types of cancers and birth defects.
  • Cadmium — Linked to lung and prostate cancer.
  • Benzene — Linked to leukemia.
  • Formaldehyde — Linked to lung cancer.
  • Nickel — Causes increased susceptibility to lung infections.

If you are angry that so many things have been added to the cigarettes you enjoy so much, you should be. Many of these chemicals were added to make you better able to tolerate toxic amounts of cigarette smoke. They were added without regard to your health and with the intent to keep you addicted. As the tobacco industry saying goes, “An addicted customer is a customer for life, no matter how short that life is.”

Make sure that you have the last laugh. Regardless of the countless chemicals in your cigarettes, quitting is always your option.

Perhaps this list of ingredients that are found in cigarettes is enough to make you want to quit smoking for good!

There are more than 4,000 ingredients in a cigarette and its smoke other than tobacco. Common additives include yeast, wine, caffeine, beeswax and chocolate. Here are some other ingredients:

Ammonia: Household cleaner
Angelica root extract: Known to cause cancer in animals
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
Cadmium: Used in batteries
Cyanide: Deadly poison
DDT: A banned insecticide
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
Lead: Poisonous in high doses
Formaldehiyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
Methoprene: Insecticide
Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element

Now, if this information alone didn’t make you want to vomit, flip out in a down right outrage, make you want to quit immediately, or give you extreme anxiety about the possibilities of the horrible damage you are doing to your body and risking a painful, agonizing death, then those dirty tobacco corporations have got you right where they want you – close to a coffin while they’re throwing your money around their offices, laughing and popping bottles of Champaign.

We’ll get back to that little piece on the industry later. Here from the Tri County Cessation Center

Is some more gruesome information to hopefully get that brain to a place of acceptance.

Final Thoughts – They Don’t Care!

Now this is a really good amount of information to get you thinking, and I feel comfortable enough to add in my final thoughts on cigarettes. The Tobacco Industries- another group of billionaire corporations who do not give a damn what happens to you, as long as your hard earned cash gets them sitting on some island flown to by their own private jet, while you are hooked up to a respirator, have various cancers or diseases, have family members lost due to smoking related illnesses, coughing up black and grey mucus, and then heading down to western medicine for some other awesome form of cigarettes known as the patch or some fluoridated toxic medication that will supposedly help you quit…when really you’ll be dead soon enough…. and believe me, the companies know all about you and your families, your children, your babies, and what you are going through.

They are aware of the campaign ads against them and the commercials (Such as TheTruth.com) dedicated to getting this information out there. However, thanks to you, these companies just have billions and billions to spend on ads and other trickery to keep you hooked.

So the only way to stop this is to stop smoking, yourself and encourage and support others to do the same. There are so many organization and support groups out there waiting to take your hand and guide you, it’s just a matter of how important it is to you to save your own life, your family, your friends, people, animals, every living being on the earth.

Look inside yourself for a moment and think. How much will power do you have? How much is  your life and all other living beings lives worth to you? Are you going to let capitalism and these dirty corporations control your life and trick you over 20 to 40 times per day?  I leave you with hope and blessing that you can find the power within your true self to kick this habit, and be part of the revolution.

Quotes

 

I also, leave you with some disturbing quotes from tobacco industries courtesy of Teens Against Tobacco (http://www.nbatc.ca/tatu/tobacco_industry_quotes.shtml)
“We don’t smoke that s**t, we just sell it. We reserve that right for the young, the poor, the black and the stupid.”

R.J. Reynolds, as quoted in The Times of London, 02 August 1992
“If you are really and truly not going to sell to children, you are going to be out of business in 30 years.”

Bennett LeBow, CEO of Brook Group Ltd. makers of Lark and L&M cigarettes
“We have been asked by our client to come up with a package design… a design that’s attractive to kids.”

Letter from Lorillard’s (Newports) ad agency, 1970

“We were targeting kids, and I said at the time it was unethical and maybe illegal. But I was told it was just company policy.”

So says Terrence Sullivan, a sales representative for R.J. Reynolds. Sullivan also remembers someone asking who exactly were the young people that R.J. Reynolds was targeting – junior high school kids or even younger?  The reply was:

“They got lips? We want them.”

– R.J. Reynolds, 1990 Quoted in P.J. Hilt’s Smokescreen – The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-up, 1996 . This quote Taken from “Behind Closed Doors” (http://www.costkids.org/targetingkids/behindcloseddoors.htm)


“The desire to quit seems to come earlier now than before, even prior to the end of high school…attempts to quit are very painful, they thought they could quit easily, but they soon learn…they have become SLAVES to their cigarettes.” (Imperial Tobacco)

 

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There you have it.

You are not a free human being.

You are a SLAVE to the tobacco Industries.

So, folks…I encourage you in your free time to take a good hard look at this vital information and start to think about ways to quit the habit. Not just for your personal health, but for the Love and Consciousness of every living being on this planet, especially young children and babies. You can do this. Tobacco industries stole your power, but you will take it back. and you will quit, and you will be a part of our beautiful love and natural health revolution!!! Good Luck and Blessing

 

 

PS:  I don’t even know what 90 % of the chemicals listed as cigarette ingredients really are. Ever hear the phrase “If you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it?” referring to the ingredients in foods? That applies here almost a trillion times more. It’s time to do some research, and really start to feel some serious fear and panic about what you are doing to yourself. this is one of the worst, most poisonous things you can do to yourself and all those around you when you blow out those poisons in others faces where ever you may be. This is known as second-hand smoke and now there’s part three-third hand smoke – the chemicals you have left behind in the rooms you smoked in). I mean, This is pretty serious, You are not only responsible for the possible disease and death of yourself, but to hundreds of others, which include young innocent children and infants who haven’t even the chance to start enjoying life yet.

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  1. This parcel of the World Wide Web served as an eye catcher. I have experienced listening to different symposiums or seminars about anti-smoking and all of those talked about lung damage.

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