What if the solution to all your quit smoking problems lie behind answering a few questions? In one study, a group of students were asked to reflect upon the following questions designed to increase their awareness about smoking and nicotine addiction. According to the researchers, these questions can help smokers ditch their dangerous habit for good.
1. Why are cigarettes white?
Tobacco is wrapped in in white, bleached paper. Yes, you read it right. Cigarettes contain bleach – something you would only use for clothes and kitchen surfaces. This chemical can greatly damage your vital organs, including your kidneys, pancreas, and liver. This is why smokers need to undergo a comprehensive detoxification program after they quit.
2. Why do tobacco leaves contain poison?
Tobacco manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the world today. To meet the high demand for cigarettes, tobacco manufacturers need to grow tobacco at the soonest possible time, and ensure that the plants are free from pest damage. So, most, if not all, manufacturers make use of genetically modified tobacco that has been shown to be dangerous for health. Not only that, these plants are exposed to tons of pesticides, so when you smoke, you also take these poisonous chemicals.
3. Can you name a few household chemicals present in cigarettes?
A single cigarette contains 4,000 plus chemicals – most of which are toxic and cancer-causing. That’s why experts often call cigarettes ‘cancer sticks’. The commonly known chemicals found in tobacco include tar, ammonia, formaldehyde, plastic, etc.
4. Why do cigarettes contain ammonia?
Tobacco manufacturers add ammonia in cigarettes so the nicotine reaches the brain and the heart within three seconds from the first puff! Even electronic cigarettes contain ammonia so a person can get addicted to it, even more. In short, ammonia makes cigarettes more dangerous!
5. Why do smokers enjoy a cigarette after meal?
One of the pervasive myths about smoking is that it aids in digestion. It’s what tobacco manufacturers advertise. And this myth has persisted for nearly a century now.
6. What’s the best way to deal with smoking urges while quitting?
Experts recommend seeking help from smoking cessation specialists. Learning how to manage stress, eating right, and exercising are also important.
7. Does the government regulate the nicotine potency in cigarettes?
That’s the problem – the government doesn’t regulate it. So manufacturers tend to increase the nicotine concentration in cigarettes to hook more smokers and increase their chances of developing addiction.
8. Besides nicotine, why are cigarettes so addictive?
Many people depend on smoking to ease stress and anxiety. The problem is – there’s no scientific proof that supports this idea. While tobacco boosts the production of feel-good chemicals in the brain, its effect is only temporary. Over time, the chemicals in tobacco also change the feel-good receptors in the brain so they don’t get activated without smoking.
9. Is it true that it takes 15 years before a cigarette filter disintegrates?
Try peeling apart a cigarette butt and there’s you’ll see a structure similar to fiberglass insulation. Yes, cigarettes contain glass ‘wool’ that accumulate in the lungs and damage the epithelial tissues.
10. What effects do all the chemicals in tobacco bring to the body?
As mentioned, there are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco, including pesticides, herbicides nicotine, ammonia and bleach. There’s no wonder why cigarettes are the number one cause of preventable diseases nowadays.