Impact of Smoking

Evan L, Logan C, Azariah M

Tobacco Basics

How many people start smoking a day:  Considering all youth, these estimates increase to 5497/day for first experimentation and to 2933/day for established smokers.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10505842

Effects of Smoking

The risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher among men who smoke cigarettes and about 13 times higher among women who smoke cigarettes compared with never smokers.

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/

Second Hand Smoke

Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).1 Some of the health conditions caused by secondhand smoke in adults include heart disease and lung cancer. 

Addictive Potential

Cigarette tobacco, as a means for delivering nicotine, would be powerfully addictive even if no further processing occurred. However, many large tobacco companies have gone to considerable lengths to increase their product’s addictive qualities. Thus, fewer smokers will succeed in becoming former smokers; and, the effectiveness of anti-smoking products is also decreased.

The GRAS compounds include cocoa and chocolate, which, produce theobromine when burned. Theobromine aids cigarette smoke inhalation, allowing the nicotine to reach the deepest areas of the lungs, while simultaneously muting the smoke’s bite.

At least equally disturbing is ammonia technology. By adding ammonia, cigarette smoke’s pH is transformed, turning the nicotine particles into a vapor freebase. This vapor nicotine is more readily received into the smoker’s brain and bloodstream. The nicotine’s speed in the body is increased through this compromise of the blood-brain barrier.

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