Facts about smoking include some dazzling truths that you might have never actually come across before. The tobacco world is largely shaped by its history. A long and secretive history were tobacco companies and politicians played their cards close to their chests. It’s only in the last few years that facts about smoking contained in much of the secretive documents have come to public light.
Even then, millions who continue to smoke today (and many others who will start tomorrow) lack a wholesome picture of what lays behind their addiction. They have continued to follow the so called “facts about smoking” coming from those with vested interest in tobacco dollars. He who pays the piper calls the tune.
The following are startling yet soberly frightening facts on smoking. These smoking facts come from millions of once top secret company tobacco formula documents. The documents are now public information.
As they say information is power, going forward this factual information should help you affirm your quit smoking resolve. This information has also open flood gates to massive tobacco lawsuits from tobacco victims and their families.
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Facts about smoking – Tobacco industry
- Evidence show that the tobacco industry is consolidating and increasingly shifting to the developing world where there is less control and regulation.
- A large majority of developing countries especially in Africa still rely heavily on tobacco export to sustain their economies making it difficult for them to implement strong anti-tobacco laws.
- Societies in the developing world increasingly view smoking as anti-social
- There are on going attempts by tobacco companies to produce genetically modified tobacco with lower nicotine levels.
- The tobacco industry has given misleading representation to the United States public for at least 40 years.
- A significant number of tobacco companies is buying pharmaceutical companies.
- Tobacco companies attempted to counter anti-tobacco legislation
- Philip Morris the manufacturers of Malboro cigarettes paid $81 million in a record liability verdict to a widow of man who died of cancer after smoking the brand for 40 years.
- Tobacco industry officials tried to conceal what they knew about the dangers of smoking and to recruit underage smokers which are teenage tobacco users.
- The tobacco companies want to sell as many cigarettes and make as much money as possible.
- Tobacco companies have never acknowledged their role in human carnage through disease involving many generations of customers they have so persistently sought.
- More women are smoking than ever
- Tobacco cigarettes contain 599 additives and produce 4000 toxins some of which are used in poisons, pesticides and nail polish when smoldering.
- Nicotine is responsible for the psychoactive and addictive effects of cigarette smoking.
- Nicotine increases heart beat and blood pressure
- Nicotine promotes the release of beta-endorphin a hormone which inhibits pain
- To the delight of nicotine advocates,tomatoes,potatoes,egg plants and leaves of cocoa plants have insignificant levels of nicotine.
- Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds of inhaling cigarette smoke.
- Nicotine generates similar pleasure to that produced by cocaine and heroin hence the addiction.
- Nicotine in cigarettes is almost twice deadly as black widow spider venom and three times deadlier than diamondback rattlesnake venom.
- Eventually nicotine kills its victim by paralyzing breathing muscles.
- Three drops of pure nicotine are toxic enough to kill a person.
- Trials of nicotine vaccine on lab rats blocked 60% of nicotine from reaching the brain in the rats.
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- Stopping smoking has immediate as well as long term benefits. It reduces risk of disease.
- Quitting smoking at any given age reduces the risk of dying from a smoking related illness.
- Pets are happier and healthier in a home without secondhand smoke.
- Cigarette smoke contributes to early deaths from cancer in pets and dogs
- Smokers are twice likely to die from cancer than non-smokers.
- Smokers are three times as likely to die from heart disease than non-smokers
- Even if the number was cut in half, tobacco would still kill more than those killed by AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicles, homicide, illegal drugs and suicide combined in the United states.
- The Ruyan e-cigarette brand was certified a safe alternative to smoking in New Zealand after extensive studies funded by Ruyan.
- Most smokers who try quitting do not succeed on their first attempt.
- Relapses are a normal part of quitting.
- It is never too late to quit smoking.
- There is no such thing as “just one cigarette”. Just one cigarette leads to a relapse.