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Baghdad Kafe

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Cigarette and ignorance
« on: March 10, 2011, 01:28:00 AM »
Salam,

For INFO - the dangerous of smoking...

When I go around and see people smoking cigarette, I feel sad and wonder why we live in such an ignorance while we consider ourselves as educated people.. How can someone be a slave to this stupid habit and cannot get rid of it .. Keep damaging our health and destroying our society without any consideration of the danger that it’s causing to ourselves, families and the others surrounding us ???

Did you know that there are 599 additives in the cigarette, those additives, which are approved by the US Government for use in the manufacture of cigarettes, is something every smoker should see. Submitted by the five major American cigarette companies to the Dept. of Health and Human Services in April of 1994, this list of ingredients had long been kept a secret.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_additives_in_cigarettes

While these ingredients are approved as additives for foods, they were not tested by burning them, and it is the burning of many of these substances which changes their properties, often for the worse. Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. Forty-three known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke, or both.

It's chilling to think about not only how smokers poison themselves, but what others are exposed to by breathing in the secondhand smoke. The next time you're missing your old buddy, the cigarette, take a good long look at this list and see them for what they are: a delivery system for toxic chemicals and carcinogens.

Today, children are at great health risk and danger from cigarette and tobacco smoke aside from the young teenagers and adults who are active as well as passive smokers. Children belong to a high risk group as they get exposed to passive smoke, environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or better known as the second hand smoke. Cigarette smoking effect on children is very dangerous because at a very young age, they are still in the developing age and also their breathing rate is faster than the adults.

Children's breathing rate is much faster than the adults. An adolescent or young adult breathes around 16 times in a minute while a child breathes way more than this rate. A normal 5 year old can breath more than 20 times a minute which can sometimes increase to 60 times every minute. As the breathing of children is more, the cigarette smoking effect on children becomes more intense as they take in more air that is filled with cigarette smoke. Because of this, the children's lungs will receive a higher percentage of toxins and poisons than that of the young adults.


ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, there were approximately 1.3 billion smokers worldwide in 2003, and that number is expected to increase to 1.7 billion by 2020.1 It is estimated that about 1 billion people will die from smoking in the 21st century.2 Research conducted over the past several decades indicates that tobacco companies have engaged in extensive efforts, including developing genetically engineered tobacco to enhance nicotine delivery3–6 and using reconstituted tobacco and nicotine extracts, to manipulate cigarette nicotine levels and influence people’s smoking behaviors.

From the Washington State Department of Health  www.quitline.com

Giving up smoking tobacco will improve your health and decrease your chance of developing serious diseases like lung cancer and heart disease. In addition to improving your health, quitting also benefits your family and others around you.

Secondhand tobacco smoke contains the same 4,000 chemicals that are inhaled by a smoker, including arsenic, carbon monoxide, methane and formaldehyde. About 50 of these chemicals are associated with, or are known to cause, cancer.

Consider the negative effects secondhand tobacco smoke can have on others. By giving up tobacco smoking, you will be helping those you care about avoid the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke.

Nicotine is the drug in the cigarette that causes addiction and increases the risk of heart attack and damage to the blood vessels.

The plight of the addictive smoker stands alone in the annuls of human history as the greatest form of self-inflicted physiological damage ever known. Even in the modern era of soft tissue diagnostic imaging and point-of-care diagnostics, estimates of the number of smokers who will die in one form or another from their habit range as high as fifty percent.

It is now understood that smokers suffer from a form of chemical dependency not unlike other well-accepted substance addictions. Recent decades have seen the availability of products that attempt to assist smokers who want to break free of their habit, most notably the gums, patches and inhalers of nicotine replacement therapy.

Now a new generation of therapeutic products - one approved and numerous others in development - that treat smoking addiction at the biochemical level represent hope for the legions of smokers who want to break free of their addiction.

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