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The Truth about Tobacco and Smoking

March 26, 2010
By Pudd1016 SILVER, Wilmington, Delaware
Pudd1016 SILVER, Wilmington, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
'Love is a perfect bond of Union."

Smelly Clothes...Yellow Teeth...Stained Fingers...

That's all a part of Smoking. Smoking, believe it or not, is a serious issue. All over the United States, adults and teens have smoked or are smoking now. This article contains some facts you may not know about Smoking, and hopefully it will make you think twice about lighting up a cigarette.

We all know that Smoking contains the drug called Tobacco. Well, what you may not know is what is inside tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke contains all kinds of chemicals. Such as:

Rat poison
Nail Polish Remover
Lighter Fluid
Candle Wax
Sewer Gas
Industrial Solvent
Bug Spray

Pretty gross, huh? One of the main chemicals in Tobacco is called Tar. Tar is a thick and sticky fluid that you may see on the ground outside or on highways. When the Tobacco is burned, it creates tar. When a person smokes, this Tar gets into their lungs and makes it hard for them to breath. When this gets into your lungs, oxygen can't pass easily to the blood. Did you know that Tar contains over 4,000 chemicals, and 37 are known to cause cancer? Pretty scary stuff!!!

Another chemical that is found when Smoking is called Nicotine. You may be familiar with this one. Nicotine is a colorless, odorless drug. People become addicted to smoking because of this. Nicotine stimulates the nervous system, and a person becomes highly addictive. Nicotine dulls taste buds, increases heart rate, and also increases blood pressure.

There is much, much more harmful facts about Smoking and Tobacco. For now, here are some interesting facts about Tobacco you may not know about:

1.) 1 out of 8 people will die from Tobacco. Every 8 seconds, someone dies from Tobacco.

2.) Over 50,000 people a year die from second hand smoke.

3.) Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, drugs, homocides, fires, and auto accidents combined.

4.)A person spends between $800-$1200 a year on cigarettes.

5.) Adult male and female smokers lose 15 years of life respectively.

Short Term Effects of Smoking:

Heart Disease
Chronic Bronchitis
Smelly Clothes
Mouth Cancer
Frequent Colds
High Blood Pressure
Smokers Cough
Less Oxygen to the Lungs
Faster Heartbeat
Damage to Gums
Bad Breath
Shortness of Breath
Reduced Physical Fitness
Lung Cancer
Poor Lung Growth
Stained Fingers

There is much more harmful facts about Tobacco and Smoking. In this article, there are lots of important facts about it. If you know someone who is smoking, please encourage them to stop. It's a dangerous habit.

The author's comments:
Did you know?: Cancer can be caused by smoking. The most common cancers are breast, mouth, throat, and lung cancer. Lung cancer is rarely treated successfully.

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