Ah, the joys of smoking. So many fabulous chemicals can be yours in just one tasty, little cigarette.
A little poison anyone? Arsenic is a metal found in ant poison. Many tobacco farmers around the world used arsenic pesticides to get rid of bugs while growing the tobacco plant. This substance finds its way into cigarettes — and into your body.
Benzene was once used in industry to manufacture inks, rubber, lacquers and paint remover and is highly toxic. As a chemical, benzene is confirmed to cause cancer/leukemia in humans and is therefore not suitable for industrial applications let alone your body!
You can’t get more toxic than this. Cadmium is a heavy metal found in car batteries! And make no mistake about it, cadmium gets into your lungs. Researchers have estimated that up to 20% of the total cadmium in cigarettes is inhaled when smoked.
Experts say there is NO safe amount of carbon monoxide. That’s why many new houses come equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. What does carbon monoxide do to you? This poisonous gas reduces the amount of oxygen taken up by your red blood cells. This means less oxygen for your organs, like your heart and lungs. Ever notice how smokers get winded going up a flight of stairs?
Formaldehyde is used in embalming fluid used to preserve dead bodies. If that doesn’t turn you off smoking, what will? Then there’s the matter of health. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (cancer causing substance).
Consider this: hydrogen cyanide is the poison used in gas chambers — it’s an efficient killer. In smaller doses like those found in cigarettes, it damages tiny hairs in your body that are part of your natural lung cleaning mechanism. As a result, toxic substances can build up in your lungs.
Nicotine is the drug responsible for making cigarettes so addictive. It makes your body crave more cigarettes and that means inhaling all those gross chemicals. Studies have shown that the nicotine habit can be as hard to break as heroin or cocaine addiction. Within seven seconds of inhaling on a cigarette, the nicotine reaches your brain, stimulating the nervous system, increasing heart rate, raising blood pressure and constricting small blood vessels under the skin, (which can cause wrinkles, by the way).
Phosphorus is a mineral found in fertilizer and laundry detergent. Yes, you have phosphorus in your body, but do you really want to smoke the stuff? Poisoning from phosphorus causes irritation of the mucous membranes and inflammation. And over time, it can destroy bone.
Wonder why smokers’ fingers have those yellowish brown stains? One word: tar. This is the black, sticky stuff that carries the many toxic chemicals to your lungs. Tar not only leaves stains on your teeth, fingers and lung tissue, it’s also the main cause of throat and lung cancer.