49 Interesting facts about cigarettes

1. Smoking was invented by Brazilians almost 2000 years ago. They made the first cigarette by rolling tobacco leaves in paper.

2. The word ‘Nicotine’ comes from the last name of Jean Nicot, who bought tobacco to Portugal.

3. Smoking is the cause of 20% of the deaths in the U.S. every year.

4. And smoking has its first prey around 1859, when the first death related to tobacco was first reported.

5. And smoking has almost 50% chances of killing an addict.

6. You are killing 11 minutes of your expected life span with every cigarette you smoke. So be cautious if you want to live longer.

7. Every cigarette carries 70 chemicals that are a cause of cancer. There are more than 4500 different chemical in a cigarette. It contains arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and many other carcinogens.

8. Smoking is such a bad habit that 69% of the smokers want to leave this habit but many are unsuccessful at their attempt.

9. In the U.S. alone, every day smoking attracts 4000 new teens to it.

10. Smoking is legal for minors in the U.S. and most parts of Europe. However, purchasing cigarettes (for minors) is not.

11. Passive smoking, which is inhaling of the smoke exhaled by a smoker, is known to be the cause of at least 50,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone.

12. Small puffs while smoking produce stimulating effects while deep puffs induce sedation.

13. A whopping number of cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day. And the tally reaches 15 billion. Yeah, it’s almost double the total population of the world which is around 7.2 billion at this time in 2015.

14. The first anti-smoking campaign was started by Adolf Hitler.

15. Chinese smoke a lot of cigarettes and they form 1/3rd of the cigarette smoking population of the world. We could also say that Chinese smokers outnumber the entire population of the U.S.

16. If you were found smoking near an Apple computer, you may not be entitled to claim warranty for the product, in case the need be.

17. Cancer is mainly caused by tobacco and alcohol. 30% relief from this deadly disease can be seen, if people quit smoking and alcohol.

18. The second president of the U.S., John Adams started smoking at the age of eight.

19. Smoking elevates the risk of heart attacks. It almost doubles or quadruples the risk.

20. In Indonesia, a boy smoked 40 cigarettes a day. And he was 2 years old. Yes, just two years. And he was in headlines for the same.

21. Do not be surprised to know that cigarettes are the most littered items on the earth. Every year, 1.69 billion pound of cigarette butts end up as toxic trash.

22. The global market for cigarettes is of $400 billion and cigarettes are the single most traded items on the earth.

23. In Japan, minimum legal age to buy cigarettes is 20 years.

24. A popular belief is that the smokers who smoke after meals tend to digest their meals well.

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25. The average loss of life for male smokers is 13.2 years while that for female smokers is 14.5 years.

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26. The nicotine content in several major brands of cigarettes is on the rise. This is a serious threat and a warning sign for those who want to quit smoking before it is too late.

27. January 1, 1971 was the last day when cigarettes were advertised on TV in the U.S. President Nixon brought up a strict policy against cigarette smoking and mandated the manufacturers to place a warning sign on such products.

28. American cigarette manufacturers sell majority of their produce outside America and make a lot of money as a result. They have at least 70% of the market share with brands such as Kent, Camel, Marlboro and Kool.

29. Urea is used to flavor cigarettes.

30. Public smoking ban has resulted in a decrease in the number of people who visited pubs, bars and restaurants.

31. In the U.S. percentage of male and female smokers are quite close as compared to that in other countries.

32. Nicotine reaches your brain in 10 seconds after your inhale the smoke. And it gets to every part of the body very quickly, too.

33. If you are diabetic and smoke cigarettes, you would be amazed to know that sugar constitutes 20% of a cigarette.

34. The immune system of a smoker is more active than that of a non-smoker. Only because, it has to work very hard.

35. Smuggling is highly prevalent in the sale of cigarettes. According to WHO, 25% of the cigarettes sold, are smuggled.

36. And 60% of the cigarettes in New York are black market cigarettes.

37. Cigarettes are the world most popular placebo. They give the smokers many after-effects such as calmness, relaxation, alertness, stimulation, concentration. These effects become an expectation, and the smokers continue with their habit not realizing the health hazards associated with it.

38. Popular toppings added to cigarettes are clove, licorice, orange oil, apricot stone, lime oil, lavender oil, dill seed oil, cocoa, carrot oil, mace oil, myrrh, beet juice, bay leaf, oak, rum, vanilla, and vinegar. These toppings add a distinct flavor to the cigarettes.

39. Smoking is bad for your skin too. It causes wrinkles and is second only to sun to cause such an effect on your skin.

40. Smoking also stains your fingers and teeth, and if you watched closely, it makes you stink as well.

41. Smoking makes it difficult for you to run. Smoking affects your lungs and causes shortness of breath in you. Leukemia, cataract and pneumonia are common ill-effects of smoking.

42. Tobacco is the single largest cause of premature deaths around the world. Even deaths caused by HIV, illegal drug use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, murders and alcohol use, combined fall behind that cause by tobacco.

43. And nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and heroin.

44. Here, quitting is difficult. Only 12% of teen smokers were able to quit completely this bad habit.

45. Smoking habit could be a valid reason for a prospective employer to turn down your resume.

46. Remember: the only safer cigarette–is your last one.

47. Tobacco was a part of ration of the soldiers in both World War 1 and World War 2.

48. And nicotine is the world’s most addictive substance. And it makes women infertile when consumed in large quantities, consistently.

49. Interestingly, studies reveal that Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco.

And a few handpicked Quotes about Smoking

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  1. Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. – Mark Twain
  1. People always come up to me and say that my smoking is bothering them… Well, it’s killing me! – Wendy Liebman
  1. So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it’s bad, it’s really simple. – Damien Hirst
  1. I still believe that ‘No Smoking’ is one of my best performances. – John Abraham
  1. Often when a person can’t get past stress, she will turn to overeating, drinking or smoking, which can become a greater problem than the stress itself. – Marilu Henner
  1. It is better to not even try it than to endure the ramifications of either quitting smoking or dying. – Christy Turlington
  1. Ten to 20 years out, driving your car will be viewed as equivalently immoral as smoking cigarettes around other people is today. – Marc Andreessen
  1. If I start going back to church, I’d have to stop the smoking and drinking, and I wouldn’t be able to curse any more. – Katherine Heigl
  1. In Hollywood you can’t even smoke in a bar anymore and yet in the movies they’re always showing people smoking. I don’t get it. – Gerald McRaney

And our favorite

  1. I think the reason kids get into drugs and smoking is they don’t have anything to do. – Richard Thompson

Smoking in the NEWS

Dr Sheetu Singh, Assistant Professor at SMS Hospital and Medical College and Dr Nishtha Singh, a consultant at Asthma Bhawan, created a “Smoker Lung Model” (SLM) to show the side effects of smoking cigarette on human lungs. The model would also help convince patients of lung diseases, caused by smoking or pollutants, and suggest them preventive measures.

Read more here – http://www.thehindu.com/

Alabama air study: Workers harmed in restaurants that allow smoking

FLORENCE, Ala. – Workers in a Florence restaurant that allow smoking are exposed to a greater amount harmful air particles than those working in non-smoking environments, a new air quality study said.

Read more here – http://www.tbo.com/health/

Sitting is the new smoking

Most people don’t realize the damage they are doing when they sit for long periods, says ergonomist Brenda Mallat.

“We are a culture that sits way too much. That’s not what we’re designed to do,” she says.

Read more here – http://thesarniajournal.ca/