Monday, April 13, 2009

Smoking Facts...!!!!!!

Facts about Smoking

Cigarette, cigar, and pipe-smoking are so debilitating that the immediate cessation of the
habit is always the first step of any program to improve one's health - even more
important than vitamins, diet, or exercise.
International studies of millions of people by government, industry, universities, andprivate research institutions have determined that smoking can cause:
Diseases due to smoking
· Stained teeth, fingers, and hair;
· Increased frequency of colds, particularly chest colds and bronchitis; asthma;
· Neuralgia;
· Gastrointestinal difficulties, constipation, diarrhea, and colitis;
· Headache
· Nausea;
· Convulsions;
· Leukoplakia (smoker's patch); Leads to cancer
· Insomnia;
· Heart murmur;
· Buerger's disease (inflammation of blood vessel linings)
· Shortness of breath;
· Arthritis;
· Smoker's hack;
· Nervousness;
· Wrinkles and premature aging;
· Tension;
· Gastric, duodenal, and peptic ulcers;
· Lung cancer;
· Cancer of the lip, tongue, pharynx, larynx, and bladder;
· Emphysema;
· High blood pressure;
· Heart disease;
· Arthrosclerosis & arteriosclerosis (thickening and loss of elasticity of the blood
vessels with lessened blood flow);
· Inflammation of the sinus passages;
· Tobacco angina (nicotine angina pectoris);
· Pneumonia;
· Influenza;
· Pulmonary tuberculosis;
· Tobacco amblyopia; (Reduced visual acuity)
· Impaired hearing;
· Decreased sexual activity;
· Mental depression.

Blood flow to the extremities is decreased (cold hands and feet). One puff lowers the
temperature in the fingertips 1ºF to 3ºF in 3 minutes.
Nicotine affects the nerve-muscle junctions, causing tremors and shaking. Nicotine
causes narrowing and constriction of the arteries, adding to the heart's load. Nicotine,
through its ability to stimulate, causes excitement and anxiety. But the effect wears off;
often a period of depression follows, whereupon another cigarette is taken. Nicotine, an
insecticide, makes the blood more viscous and decreases the available oxygen. It also
adversely affects the breathing, sweating, intestinal, and heart actions of our autonomic
nervous system, probably due to hindering the blood flow to the nerve centers in the
Two to four cigarettes in a row increase blood fats 200 to 400%. The average smoker (30
cigarettes per day) has 4 to 6 times the chance of having heart disease if he's in the 45-54
year age group.
If the mother smoked during pregnancy, her baby will average 6 ounces less and its pulse
will be 30% faster than a non-smoker's baby, and there'll be withdrawal symptoms in the
baby after birth. Premature birth has been related to smoking by the mother. There is a
direct link between parents' smoking and children's respiratory disease.
Smoking causes widespread permanent destruction of the tiny air sacs (alveoli) and
narrowing of small blood vessels in the lungs, decreasing the oxygen supply, requiring a
higher blood pressure, thus causing extensive circulatory problems and premature heart
attacks. Smokers have difficulty running and exercising.
The cilia are tiny, delicate, hair like coverings on the thin membrane of the surface of the
lungs and trachea that, by means of their whipping, beating action, produce an upward
current of foreign material and mucus from the lungs which is then swallowed or
expectorated. This is the way the body cleans the lungs. This delicate lung-cleaning
mechanism, in a cigarette smoker, at first paralyzes, then deteriorates, and is eventually
made inoperative, through the complete destruction of the cilia. The sm
oker then must
resort to coughing as a lung-cleaning method. This isn't efficient, and more than a cupful
of tars will have accumulated in his lungs by the time of his premature death.
Air pollution (auto exhausts, industry wastes, etc.) increases the lung cancer rate of the
smoker, but not of the non-smoker. Apparently, the lung-cleaning cilia are alive and
working for the non-smoker.
The time to recover from any specific ill, whether caused by smoking or not, is much
longer for the smoker. Often, a non-smoker will survive a sickness from which he would
have died had he smoked.
The non-smoker has no need to spend money to buy cigarettes, matches, lighters, holders,
ashtrays, or to spend a dime a mile for that special trip to the store. Just the cigarettes
alone amount to an average of $250 per year, after taxes - wasted. Add another $250 if
the spouse smokes. This is hard-earned, after-tax, money of yours, used to pay for the
above smoking paraphernalia - plus tax! (Please note: these are 1971 figures.)
By dying earlier, the smoker will lose many tens of thousands of dollars in social security
and other benefits which will naturally end up in the pockets of the non-smoker. The
cigarette tax is more money from the smoker to the non-smoker.
The smoker is sick more often, explaining why he misses an average of 7½ work days per
year, usually with a loss of pay, while the non-smoker will miss only 4½ days.
The smoker must spend valuable time looking for ashtrays, cigarettes, matches, retail
stores, vending machines, or change for these machines. He experiences displeasure if
they aren't immediately at hand. Just the process of deciding on "which brand" wastes
vast amounts of mental, physical, and financial resources.

The overall bad health of the smoker results, on average, in a decrease of 8.3 years in his
life expectancy, or about 12 to 14 minutes per cigarette. Just in lost social security
income alone, this amounts to about a 5¢ a cigarette. The actual cost of each cigarette
when you include extra medical expenses, lost pay, etc., is of the order of 25¢ per
cigarette (1971 figures).
Just the extra medical expenses alone can be expected to eventually use up all of a
smoker's hard-earned savings, already depleted by the high cost of smoking. By the time
non-smokers get sick,Medicare will foot their medical bills.
The smoker's body requires more sleep every night. This extra sleep must come from his
spare time. Besides needing more sleep, smokers don't sleep as well.
Smoking destroys vitamins, particularly vitamin C and the B's. Smoking has induced
cancer in dogs. Insurance rates can be higher for smokers. Some 100,000 doctors stop
smoking every year.
Foods will taste much better to non-smokers. Many subtle flavors and aromas will be
savored if your nasal and oral senses are freed of the effects of harsh chemicals, coal tars,
and other combustion products. How long has it been since you've experienced the smell
of fresh-cut grass or the delicate taste of lobster fromMaine or Nova Scotia?
Other disadvantages of smoking: You must always carry cigarettes and matches; your
pockets bulge - or there's less space in your purse; smelly breath; smelly house; smelly
clothes; messy rugs and furniture, often burned; cigarettes lying around for kids to smoke
(and matches to light); you're a bad influence on kids; you're held in low esteem by your
kids and your friends (even your smoking friends); the inside of your home and auto
windows need cleaning more often; death or property loss due to smoking in bed.
Some 120 persons have died in two airline crashes that have been attributed to ashtray
and lighter-fluid fires. Cigarette smoke collects with lint and is known to gum up delicate
mechanisms such as aircraft controls.
Smokers get into more auto accidents due to being less alert, having slower reflexes, and
also due to fussing around while driving (lighting up, etc.). In Czechoslovakia it's illegal
to smoke while driving. Accident-proneness has been related to smoking.
A non-smoker would have to put on an additional 150 pounds in order to increase his
mortality rate to that of an average smoker.
The fact that the tobacco industry provides work, that wouldn't exist without it, is a myth.
The money now wasted on tobacco, if diverted elsewhere, would create a wealth of new
job openings in industries producing goods and services more useful to the society than
Smoking makes a person irritable and argumentative, partially due to a subconscious
knowledge of all of the above facts. Smoking has been related to brain damage and
premature senility.
A smoker needs much more food and sleep since nicotine makes his body work harder
and less efficiently and his heart beat faster, thus using more fuel and energy. This,
together with the fact that a smoker loses much of his appetite and his taste for food,
explains why smokers have less trouble keeping their weight down. When one quits
smoking, it's IMPERATIVE that the intake of food is drastically reduced in order to keep
the body weight normal. Having to eat less is of course an additional saving of time and
Wouldn't it be nice if everyone quit smoking? There'd be less general litter, no more
butts, ashes, or wrappers in the streets, grass, urinals, etc.; no more smoke in restaurants,
theaters, airplanes or buses; a more alert society, with more spare time to enjoy or
improve their lot in life; fewer auto, plane, on-the-job, and household accidents; fewer
forest fires; less air pollution; lower auto and life insurance rates; and fewer people
coughing and spitting in public. By inflicting smoke on your non-smoking friends, it's
been shown that even their health and life expectancy are adversely affected.
Notice how many of your friends have quit smoking in the last 5 years. They're the smart
ones (and you know it). Lower intelligence has been related to smoking. In fact, smoking
is both a cause and an effect of lower intelligence, just as smoking is both a cause and
effect of lower income. The (smoking)-(lower-intelligence)-(lower-income)-(more
smoking) vicious circle can unknowingly spiral a brainwashed young person down and
down into the depths of poverty and despair. He'll not be as physically or mentally able to
cope with life's challenges. Our successful capitalistic system is based on competition,
and the physically-mentally handicapped smoker inevitably ends up at the bottom of the
heap. So get smart, today, now, and join the happy, healthy ranks of the non-smokers