Sure, the public knows that smoking is really dangerous to health but it appears that what they know about the negative effects of tobacco is not yet enough to make smokers quit. That is why scientists all over the world never stop to find more evidence that pinpoint tobacco as the culprit behind many diseases. We should thank them because most of their works have been used as basis for the government to create policies that discourage people from smoking.
Here are some of the top scientific findings that show why smoking is extremely bad for your health.
Study #1: One in five Americans say smoking should be completely illegalized.
Gallup researchers found that more and more Americans support the idea of completely banning cigarette smoking. The study reveals a 22 percent increase in the figures from 2007 to the present. According to the researchers, while majority of people still don’t support the total banning of tobacco products, most recognize that they are dangerous. 82 percent of Americans know that smoking is ‘very harmful’ to adults while only 13 percent say it’s ‘somewhat harmful’ and 4 percent say it’s ‘not at all harmful’.
Study #2: Plain packaging makes it easier for smokers to quit.
A research funded by the Cancer Council Victoria in Australia suggests that plain packaging has a major effect on smokers. It makes tobacco less appealing, therefore increasing their desire to quit. Researchers found that plain pack smokers were 26.2 percent less satisfied with their cigarettes, compared to 14.9 percent of brand pack smokers. Furthermore, plain pack smokers think of quitting at least once a day, and 70 percent of them seriously considered quitting.
Study #3: Drinking plus smoking speeds up mental decline.
Taken individually, there’s no doubt that smoking and too much consumption of alcohol are dangerous to health. So there’s no surprise really that engaging in both of these unhealthy habits at the same time pose more serious health risks. Now, a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that people who smoke and drink too much alcohol had 36 percent faster rate of cognitive decline than those who don’t smoke and only drink moderately.
Study #4: Smoking during pregnancy led to child conduct disorder.
According to a paper published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, mothers who smoke while they were pregnant are more likely to have babies who have conduct disorder (CD) – a behavioral disorder wherein the child can become highly aggressive, antisocial and defiant. The study, which was carried out by the University of Leicester in UK, added that moms who smoked more than 10 cigarettes during pregnancy had even higher risk of their child developing the said condition.
Study #5: Menthol cigarettes are more addictive.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now considering banning the sale of menthol cigarettes after scientists have found that these cigarettes are more addictive than regular cigarettes. The study, which was published in the journal Frontiers, revealed that mint-flavored cigarettes can alter the way the brain receptors respond to nicotine, making quitting much harder. Menthol cigarettes are more popular among young smokers; with 40 percent claiming they use it and prefer it over regular cigarettes.
All these studies have been published just this year. Scientists are still doing more investigations to encourage the public to quit smoking and ultimately, prevent cigarette manufacturers from selling products that destroy the lives of thousands of people each day.