Smokers – we have built this tall and thick wall of denial that separates our addiction and the harsh reality of the damage that we inflict, not just to ourselves, BUT to everything around us each time we light up our favorite brand of cigarette.
“There’s enough time to quit.”
“Cancer doesn’t run in our family, I won’t be a victim.”
“We can quit any time we want to.”
“While bad things happen to other people, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen to me!”
These are just some of the lies we keep on telling ourselves each time we see that government warning about the dangers of smoking; every time we see the poster at the hospital with shocking pictures of people that received the worst damage smoking can do; every time our kids and loved ones tell us to stop.
“My cigarette and I are inseparable.” Perhaps that’s what you tell yourself silently each time we are confronted for our addiction.
The wall of lies and denial has done a GREAT job of keeping us comfortable despite opposition from all directions.
But it’s about time to break down that wall. And to do that, here are 8 shocking... horrific facts about smoking that will bring to light what these little nicotine sticks really are... not buddies BUT killers – silent, efficient, and invisible killers. Take a look:
Shocking Smoking Fact #1
There are over 1.1 billion smokers in the world as of today. If the run rate continues, you can expect the figures to rise as high as 1.6 billion by 2025.
And you can bet that the world will be a smokier place.
Shocking Smoking Fact #2
According to statistics, trillions of filters – oozing with poisonous chemicals and substances from tobacco smoke – are discarded as waste every year. The killer compounds they contain find their way to our environment.
Ironically, it’s not the smokers who suffer the most. It’s the nonsmokers…including your kids at home!
Shocking Smoking Fact #3
It looks and feels like cotton. Cigarette filters can’t be harmful, or can they?
These little filters that you throw away just about anywhere are made of very thin fibers of a plastic known as cellulose acetate.
And they can take between 18 months to 10 years to decompose!
Add the fact that there are 1.1 billion smokers around the world, and there are 5 trillion cigarettes produced and used annually, the strain you put to nature and its ability to heal itself is unimaginable!
Shocking Smoking Fact #4
Benzene has been found to be one of the major causes of acute myeloid leukemia.
And guess what: cigarette smoke is one of the major sources of benzene exposure.
Matter of fact, among US smokers only, 90% of such exposures has been discovered to be due to cigarettes.
Shocking Smoking Fact #5
Radioactive lead and polonium – would you dare sprinkle an ounce of it in your dish? No? Well, get this – both of these radioactive and harmful substances are present in cigarette smoke.
Shocking Smoking Fact #6
Hydrogen cyanide was the genocidal chemical agent used in exterminating millions of people back in World War II…and it’s just one of the toxic byproducts of cigarette smoke!
WWII has been over decades ago, BUT one of its deadliest weapons of mass destruction is still on the loose ‘thanks’ to smoking.
Shocking Smoking Fact #7
So it took you 8 seconds to read Fact #6? If so, then another human life was lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world.
Every 8 seconds, someone dies somewhere out there due to smoking. And by the time you finish this part, another one just died.
Shocking Smoking Fact #8
One billion lives will be lost this century to tobacco use and smoke.
Unless serious anti-smoking campaigns are launched on a global scale, cigarette smoke will have a victory run.
So, are you still going to light up that stick?
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