It’s Not Just Blowing Smoke: World No Tobacco Day 2015

May 31, 2015

Did you know that tobacco smoke is comprised of more than 7,000 chemicals — at least 70 of which are known carcinogens?

Some of the chemicals found in cigarettes, as well as cigars and pipe tobacco, include Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Cyanide and Benzene… words that we’d never want to associate with something we actually consume or breathe into our lungs.

In addition to their sheer chemical toxicity, cigarettes and other tobacco products also contain tar and the poisonous gases nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide. Tobacco leaves themselves even contain radioactive materials, meaning smokers take these radioactive particles into their lungs as they inhale! And then, of course, there’s the nicotine, the addictive substance all smokers are after. It’s one of the harshest chemicals of all in tobacco smoke.

There is no question today that smoking causes cancer. Smoking comprises 87 percent of lung cancer deaths in men and 70 percent of lung cancer deaths in women.

Tobacco is one of the most widely used addictive substances in the world, and also one of the most deadly. Unfortunately, the widespread understanding of its huge danger has been a long time coming because that highly-addictive and dangerous substance is backed by another lethal entity: the tobacco industry, an industry that has rooted itself in widespread deception and negligent practices for decades.

But when it comes to the tobacco industry, it’s so much more than mere “smoke and mirrors.” It’s so much more than “he’s just blowing smoke.” Instead, the tobacco industry is a 500 Billion Dollar strong corporate entity and lobby. They are committed to making billions off of a product that can do nothing but cause us serious pain — and in the case of lung cancer, serious and very, very painful death.

Today, we would like to remind our community of the severe threat that comes with smoking. We know that even the best of us might be tempted to a use a product like cigarettes to calm our nerves during times of high stress. For this, may we advise something else? Like a quick call to a friend or a walk in the park, an exercise class, or even a sugary treat (in moderation, of course)!

If there is one thing you can do to better your health, it’s to avoid smoking. With something as deadly and addictive as tobacco, there are no ifs, ands or buts. At the end of the day, you have to say no to smoking, and you have to say it 100 percent of the time.

And that could not be more true for those who may have been exposed to asbestos. For these people, people who may have worked with or near asbestos or lived in a home with asbestos that  underwent renovation, your risk of developing lung cancer may be exponentially increased by smoking. We encourage you to quit today and keep it up because your health matters! Just don’t let those people blowing smoke tell you otherwise.

They say that the tobacco industry reaps almost $6,000 in profit for each death caused by tobacco. Don’t let yours be one of them!

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