-Guest Columnist, Liz Hopwood
Are you still smoking cigarettes? Are you having a hard time quitting? Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life. I know how hard it is to quit, but I also know how great you feel once you are rid of those nasty cigarettes forever!
Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals. At least 50 are known carcinogens (cause cancer in humans) and many are poisonous. Cigarette companies are required to put a health warning on every pack of cigarettes sold. In 1984, four rotating warnings were required to appear on cigarette packages and advertisements, prefaced with “Surgeon General’s warning”:
- Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.
- Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.
- Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight.
- Cigarette smoke contains Carbon Monoxide.
Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, larger and stronger warning labels will be required for smokeless tobacco products in 2010, and larger, stronger and graphic warning labels will be required for cigarettes in 2012 (Warning Label Fact Sheet, 2000 The Surgeon General’s Report on Reducing Tobacco Use)
Cigarettes are one of few products which can be sold legally which can harm and even kill you over time if used as intended. Tobacco kills up to half of its regular users and has caused 100 million deaths in the 20th Century. 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.
Scientists claim the average smoker will lose 14 years of their life due to smoking. The statistics of how many men to women smoke throughout the world is staggering. The statistics are:
- United States: 23% of men vs. 18% of women
- Europe: 46% of men vs. 26% of women
- Africa: 29% of men vs. 4% of women
- Southeast Asia: 44% of men vs. 4% of women
- Western Pacific: 60% of men vs. 8% of women
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.
Also, ‘Lite’ cigarettes are produced by infusing tobacco with CO2 and super-heating it until the tobacco ‘puffs up’ like expanding foam. The expanded tobacco then fills the same paper tube as ‘regular’ tobacco. Smokers draw on ‘lite’ and menthol cigarettes harder (on average) than regular cigarettes; causing the same overall levels of tar and nicotine to be consumed.
It is time to stop smoking! BioVeda Health and Wellness Center has a great new smoking cessation program and supplement product called “Just Stop” that can help you stop smoking! Using a proprietary system, BioVeda can help eliminate cravings and alleviate withdrawal discomfort such as headache, drowsy feeling, severe coughing, nausea, vomiting, uncontrolled anger or mood swings. To learn more about this amazing program, contact a BioVeda Health and Wellness Physician near you!