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No Smoking Day

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 11/03/2015

It's 'No Smoking Day' today and it's no secret that smoking is bad for you.

No Smoking

However, did you know that smoking is the single biggest killer of people in the UK? It can also cause, or contribute to serious medical conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension, putting you at risk of a heart attack or stroke
  • Lung diseases
  • Lung and other cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Impotence and fertility problems
  • Blindness
  • Gum disease and contributes to the development of ulcers
  • Worsens asthma and counteracts asthma medication by worsening the inflammation of the airways that the medicine tries to ease

Cigarettes also contain harmful chemicals, at least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous, including:

  • Arsenic, which is commonly used in rat poison. Arsenic finds its way into cigarette smoke through some of the pesticides that are used in tobacco farming.
  • Cadmium, which is a toxic heavy metal that is used in batteries. Smokers typically have twice as much cadmium in their bodies as non-smokers.
  • Benzene which can be found in pesticides and gasoline. It is present in high levels in cigarette smoke and accounts for half of all human exposure to this hazardous chemical.
  • Formaldehyde, which is used to preserve dead bodies, and is responsible for some of the nose, throat and eye irritation smokers experience when breathing in cigarette smoke.
  • Pesticides which are used on our lawns and gardens, and inhaled into our lungs via cigarette smoke.
  • Ammonia compounds which are commonly used in cleaning products and fertilizers – it is used to boost the impact of nicotine in manufactured cigarettes.
  • Carbon Monoxide is found in car exhaust and is lethal in very large amounts. Cigarette smoke can contain high levels of carbon monoxide.
  • Hydrogen Cyanide which was used to kill people in the gas chambers during World War can also be found in cigarette smoke.
  • Nicotine is a poison used in pesticides and is the addictive element in cigarettes.
  • Tar, a black, sticky substance that contains many poisonous chemical such as: ammonia (found in floor and window cleaner), toluene (found in industrial solvents) and acetone (found in paint stripper and nail polish remover)
The theme for 2015 is 'Proud to be a Quitter!' and if the above hasn’t put you off, or you would like more information, try these links:

British Heart Foundation
About Health - What Chemicals are in Cigarettes?
Cancer Research UK

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