Understanding what you Smoke: Looking at the Chemicals in Cigarettes
There is enough information available in society for consumers like us to realize that cigarettes are not healthy. It used to be that we would see commercials focusing on the harmful effects of smoking, and the content seemed to focus less on the ingredients within the cigarettes themselves. So, we thought it would be helpful here to spend a little time on the subject of chemicals in cigarettes. We know that when you go to the grocery store and consider buying a new over-the-counter remedy for a young child, you read the label. When was the last time, we ask, that you visited the manufacturer’s website to learn more about your cigarette brand? Do you understand what you smoke? Your well-being matters, and so we hope you find this information helpful:
The Science of Additives
It’s one thing to appreciate the fact that cigarettes come from the tobacco plant. These are rolled up in paper into a convenient cylinder shape that’s easy to smoke. However, cigarette companies also add chemicals to the cigarettes to enhance their flavour and to make smoking more enjoyable.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are thousands of chemicals that cigarette burning exposes you to, and over 70 have been known to cause cancer. These include the following: nicotine, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic, ammonia, uranium, benzene, carbon monoxide, nitrosamines, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). We know that, right off the bat, the burning of the cigarette itself is the reason why you get exposure to some of these chemicals, which makes smoking so much worse for your health.
If, on the other hand, you smoked tobacco leaves rolled up into paper a century ago, the effect of this habit would have been fewer. A big reason is that manufacturers of old didn’t add as many chemicals to enhance a cigarette’s taste and to cause consumers to become addicted.
The Presence of Radioactive Substances
Without focusing solely on what manufacturers add to their tobacco products, we think consumers should be aware that cigarettes may contain radioactive substances. The levels of radioactive substances in each cigarette depend on the condition of the soil where the tobacco leaves were grown. There is actually the potential that you could be eating foods containing radioactive substances as well because you don’t know where they were sourced. When you smoke cigarettes containing radioactive substances, again there is the last condition of burning. This aspect of a smoker’s routine is not good because all of those chemicals mix together in the air and then get inhaled into one’s lungs.
Appreciate That Your Body Can Store Harmful Chemicals
Whether you will become more vigilant about reading the ingredients of everything that you consume or not, you should be aware that repeated exposure to smoke caused by burning cigarettes is bad for your health. If you have ever walked into a room and felt the air quality was reduced by the presence of many smokers, then your body had that natural aversion to the smell of burning tobacco and to the mix of chemicals. The negative effects of smoking affect cigarette users as well as others who get exposed to secondhand smoke. The cancer-causing chemicals and radioactive substances in cigarettes can enter the body through normal respiration. We all have to breathe, and, therefore, sometimes we cannot help being exposed to smoke in the environment. These chemicals can then become stored in the body and build up to harmful levels over time. Chemical buildup occurs when the body is not able to eliminate a substance through exhalation, urination, or bowel movements.
For many reasons, you want to quit and if you’re ready to take this new approach, especially after having exhausted several others, please reach out and contact us to begin your QSN journey today.