Tobacco use brings grave danger to our lives. However, most smokers tend to build a state of mind that denies these negative effects brought by smoking. The fact is tobacco use is extremely addictive and it’s a killer. Lots of smokers are convinced that they can quit anytime they want and that they don’t succumb to the habit. But in the long run, the longer they smoke the more they find themselves buried deeper into this habit. They start to loss control, the more they puff, the more it becomes a part of their lives – a fearful habit that kills them slowly. Below are the top 10 horrifying facts you may want to know about cigarettes that might help you give up smoking for GOOD.
Fact No. 1 – Almost every 8 seconds, a person dies because of smoking.
It is a clear fact that lots of people die because of smoking and tobacco use. These deaths hit nearly 5 million deaths annually around the world.
Fact No. 2 – Radioactive elements are present in cigarette smoke.
Some studies reveal that radioactive and polonium can be found in tobacco smoke. Sufficient amount of these radioactive elements can cause multiple organ failure and other complications.
Fact No. 3 – Waste materials and dangerous substances are used to add flavors in cigarettes.
Experts suspect that hundreds of substances like ambergris (a waxy flammable substance produced in the stomach and vomited by sperm whales) are being used to add flavors in cigarettes.
Fact No. 4 – Nicotine can kill you instantly.
Nicotine contained in 4 to 5 sticks of cigarettes can kill an average adult if swallowed whole. Luckily, smokers only ingest one to two milligrams of this deadly chemical per stick of cigarette and the rest is burned.
Fact No. 5 – Hydrogen cyanide is found in tobacco smoke.
Hydrogen cyanide is among the deadliest chemicals found in cigarette smoke. The same element used by soldiers as genocidal agent during the heights of WWII.
Fact No. 6 – Cigarette filters are extremely pollutants.
Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a synthetic plastic that takes from 18 months to 10 years before it can be completely decomposed. It is also one of the top pollutants in the environment.
Fact No. 7 – 1.7 Trillion Cigarettes are consumed in China alone.
China alone consumes 1.7 trillion sticks of cigarettes every year. Statistics shows that smokers in China reached 300 million mark – the largest in Asia and in the world.
Fact No. 8 – 50 carcinogens are found in second hand smoke.
Research shows that second hand smoke contains at least 50 carcinogens and 11 of these compounds belong to Group 1 Carcinogens.
Fact No. 9 – More than half of smokers will die because of tobacco related complications.
Long time smokers are more likely to die from lung cancer, laryngeal and mouth cancers, and other complications caused by nicotine and other chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
Fact No. 10 – More youth are dying because of smoking.
Today, about 25 percent of the youth living in the Pacific and East Asia will die from smoking. This can be attributed to the growing number of youths addicted to smoking.