Seven Little-Known Facts About Smoking

SmokingFactsThere are certain things about smoking that many people know including the fact that cigarettes contain nicotine and they may cause certain health problems. Here are some smoking facts that you may not have ever heard before.

Cigarettes Contain Very Strange Ingredients

Many people think of cigarettes as these tobacco-filled papers that contain nicotine. While this may be true of cigarettes you roll yourself, many commercially sold cigarettes contain things like formaldehyde, lead, ammonia and arsenic. This is in addition to the 40+ carcinogens contained in them.

The Legal Smoking Age

In most countries in the world, you have to be 18 to purchase a pack of smokes. Until recently there were many countries that allowed smokers as young as 16 to make purchases. Japan is one of the only countries that require you to be older. The legal smoking age there is 20.

Diabetics Beware

Sugar makes up about 1/5 of the content of a cigarette. Many people do not know this, so they don’t take this into account when mapping out their daily sugar intake. It is unknown whether or not the burning of the sugar makes it any less harmful to diabetics, so it would be a good idea to reduce cigarette smoking if blood sugar control is a concern.

A Shortened Life Expectancy

In the United States about 1/5 of all annual deaths are due to smoking related illnesses. It is considered the most preventable cause of death out there. It has been reported that males lose around 13.2 years of life, while females lose 14.5. Even before death, smoking tends to wreak havoc on their health.

A Burst Of Radiation

The amount of radiation produced by smoking a pack of cigarettes is the same as the amount produced by 2,000 chest x-rays. This is because a cheap fertilizer called apatite has been used on tobacco since the 1930s and it contains large levels of uranium.

The Purest Forms Are Not Necessarily Safer

Native Americans consume tobacco that has not been processed, so many of them believe that it is safer than smoking commercial cigarettes. While this may be true to a degree, there is an entirely different problem that they have to deal with. Harmala alkaloids, harman and norharman are natural hallucinogens that are contained in tobacco. This does not affect people who smoke commercially purchased cigarettes since these chemicals are depleted during processing.

The Curse Of The Marlboro Man

Everyone remembers the Marlboro Man from the old cigarette advertisements. Two of the men who played the character in commercials ads died from cancer. There was also a man diagnosed with cancer that appeared in Marlboro ads, but he did not play the well-known smoking cowboy.

You may have heard some of these before, but chances are you have not. While it may seem like these are myths and skewed facts told to make you rethink people’s decision to smoke, the reality is that all of this is absolutely true. If you are a smoker, you might want to keep this in mind the next time you get the urge to light up or switch to an e cig.