Global vews on cigarette smoking have changed dramatically over the last century. In the past, smoking was considered cool, sexy, masculine or feminine, and widely enjoyed by many people. It was promoted by musicians, celebrities and sportsmen and was advertised in television commercials and on billboards.
Today, many nations around the world have prohibited the advertising of tobacco products in print and broadcast media. Smoking is now viewed as a nasty habit that can kill you and those around you. Smokers these days are considered to be outcasts in mainstream society and are often frowned upon if seen smoking outside public places.
Below is a list of some interesting facts about tobacco and cigarettes:
Cigarettes are the ONLY legally manufactured product worldwide that are intended to kill the consumer when taken as prescribed. Think About This: the sole aim of cigarette manufacturers is profit and they on’t care about the death of the consumer as they will soon get a replacement.
Cigarettes are the single-most traded item on the planet, with approximately one trillion cigarettes being sold from country to country each year. This amounts to more than $400 billion and is one of the world’s largest industries.
The nicotine content in several major brands of cigarettes is reportedly on the rise. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Health Department revealed that between 1997 and 2005 the amount of nicotine in Camel, Newport, and Doral cigarettes have increased by as much as 11 percent.
In 1970, President Nixon signed the law that placed warning labels on cigarettes and banned television advertisements for cigarettes. The last date that cigarette ads were permitted on TV was extended by a day, from December 31, 1970 to January 1, 1971 to allow the television networks one last cash windfall from cigarette advertising in the New Year’s Day football games.
Fact # 5
U.S. cigarette manufacturers now make more money selling cigarettes to countries around the world than they do selling to Americans.
Fact # 6
Over 30% of the cases of cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, having a healthy diet and physical activity.
Smoking near Apple computers voids the warranty.
Cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and 43 known carcinogens.
15 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day
In the early 1950s, the Kent brand of cigarettes used crocidolite asbestos as part of the filter, a known active carcinogen.
Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.
Urea, a chemical compound that is a major component in urine, is used to add “flavor” to cigarettes.
The ‘Cork Tip’ filter was originally invented in 1925 by Hungarian inventor Boris Aivaz, who patented the process of making the cigarette filter from crepe paper. All kinds of filters were tested, although ‘cork’ is unlikely to have been one of them.
In most countries around the world, the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products is now 18, raised from 16, while in Japan the age minimum is 20 years old. New York recently increased the age to 21.
It's completely legal for minors to smoke cigarettes in the U.S. and parts of Europe. What they can't do is purchase them.
Contrary to popular social belief, it is NOT illegal to smoke tobacco products at any age. Parents are within the law to allow minors to smoke, and minors are within the law to smoke tobacco products freely. However, the SALE of tobacco products is highly regulated with legal legislation.
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Smoking bans in many parts of the world have been employed as a means to stop smokers smoking in public. As a result, many social businesses have claimed a significant drop in the number of people who go out to pubs, bars and restaurants.
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Everyday, nearly 4,000 teens in the U.S. smoke their first cigarette, while 1,000 start smoking on a daily basis.
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Scientists claim the average smoker will lose 14 years of their life due to smoking. This figure, however, does not necessarily mean that a smoker will die young – and they may still live out a ‘normal’ lifespan.
The U.S. states with the highest percentage of smokers are Kentucky (28.7%), Indiana (27.3%), and Tennessee (26.8%), while the states with the fewest are Utah (11.5%), California (15.2%), and Connecticut (16.5%).
Cigarettes can contain more than 4,000 ingredients, which, when burned, can also produce over 200 ‘compound’ chemicals. Many of these ‘compounds’ have been linked to lung damage.
The United States is the only major cigarette market in the world in which the percentage of women smoking cigarettes (22%) comes close to the number of men who smoke (35%). Europe has a slightly larger gap (46% of men smoke, 26% of women smoke), while most other regions have few women smokers. The stats: Africa (29% of men smoke, 4% of women smoke); Southeast Asia (44% of men, 4% of women), Western Pacific (60% of men, 8% of women).
Smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the U.S. every year.
Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.
Every cigarette you smoke reduces your expected life span by 11 minutes.
‘Light’ cigarettes are produced by infusing tobacco with CO2 and superheating it until the tobacco ‘puffs up’ like expanding foam. The expanded tobacco then fills the same paper tube as ‘regular’ tobacco.
Smokers draw on ‘light' and menthol cigarettes harder (on average) than regular cigarettes; causing the same overall levels of tar and nicotine to be consumed.
‘Light’ cigarettes are manufactured with air holes around the filter to aerate the smoke as it is drawn in. Many smokers have learned to cover these holes with their fingers or their lips to get a stronger hit.
The immune systems of smokers have to work harder every day than non-smokers. As a result, a smokers’ blood will contain less antioxidants, although a smoker’s immune system may be quicker to respond to virus attacks due to its more active nature.
Smokers often smoke after meals to ‘allow food to digest easier’. In fact, this works because the body's priority moves away from the digestion of food in favor of protecting the blood cells and flushing toxins from the brain.
Some people (mostly males) can be aroused by the sight of a smoker smoking (usually females). This is called the Smoking Fetish, and affects a small number of the population. As with most fetishes, the reason for this arousal can usually be traced back to incidents in childhood. However, cigarettes – particularly menthols, force blood away from the penis if smoked while aroused.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 25% of cigarettes sold around the world are smuggled.
Most smokers take up the habit in their mid-teens, well before the legal age for purchasing them, and is seen as a right of passage to adulthood. Other perceived rights of passage include: aftershave, wearing stilettos, alcohol, drugs and sexual intercourse; with a combination of these sometimes being cited as the main causes of teen pregnancy.
Smoking tobacco is the ultimate gateway drug in that it is legally available, and involves mastering a unique method of intake – much more so than alcohol (which has such a significant effect that users need look no further for stimulation). Smokers looking to get ‘high’ will very rarely do so from cigarettes after the initial stages of taking up the habit.
Smokers generally report a variety of after-effects; such as calmness, relaxation, alertness, stimulation, concentration and many others. In fact, smoking will produce a different effect in each individual depending on ‘what they expect to get’; turning the cigarette into the world’s most popular placebo (satisfying the brain's hunger for nicotine being the only ‘relaxing’ factor). The smoker will then use these expectations as a means to continue the habit.
Several active ingredients and special methods of production are involved in making sure the nicotine in a cigarette is many times more potent than that of a tobacco plant.
‘Toppings’ are added to the blended tobacco mix to add flavor and a taste unique to the manufacturer. Some of these toppings have included; 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.