My Friend named “Death” the Cigarette.

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Before I start let me make it clear,I am a smoker and this is not a down on any of my fellow smokers. All the information you will find in this article I have gleaned from the back of a packet of “Pall Mall” cigarettes. All I have done is to use a calculator to gather what amount of lethal chemicals a smoker will consume in a life time of smoking, I have also added some pictures that will show the deadly results these chemicals have on your body.

Did we know of the deadly effects of smoking when we started?

If any smoker should ever tell you he did not know of the deadly effects of smoking before he started you should call him a liar to his face. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that breathing in smoke will obviously harm your insides. In-fact German scientists identified a link between smoking and lung cancer in the late 1920s, leading to the first anti-smoking campaign in modern history, albeit one that collapsed along with the Third Reich at the end of the Second World War. I can accept that tobacco companies have always tried to deny any wrong-doing and have only recently just placed warnings on all packets of cigarettes but to be honest we did not need them to do this as we all new the harm of smoking from day one.

Now lets get down to what is actually in a cigarette:

(Remember this information came from the back of a cigarette packet)

Tar ( just like the stuff they put on roads)

Nicotine (one of mans most addictive products)

Carbon monoxide (a colorless and odorless, tasteless gas, yet highly toxic)

Formaldehyde (Also used in embalming and used to be used in insulation products)

Hydrogen cyanide (Hydrogen cyanide is a colorless, extremely poisonous, volatile liquid)

Benzene (used as an additive in gasoline)

Would you even think of putting any of these products onto yours or someone else’s dinner plate? I think not and if you did, you would probably be arrested for attempted murder if not murder.

So why do we smoke?

Habit, enjoyment, addiction, or just because at an early age it seemed to be the cool thing to do. We all make and have our own excuses so I won’t dwell on any of them as I promised there was not going to be any lectures and I will not be drawn into the debate of the pro’s and con’s of smoking in public places. Me personally I smoke because I am one of those people who really enjoy to smoke and my favorite time to smoke well that's easy, once I have completed an article. There is nothing better than leaning back, picking up your pack of cigarettes, gently taking the silver paper of the packet and smelling the rich aroma of a newly opened pack of cigarettes. Then once done you have the ultimate sensation of savoring that first in-take of the tobacco plant. (that's to much for me, writing about this I have to have a cigarette).

Right I am back and all nicotine up its time to continue.

What amount of deadly toxic chemicals does an average smoker of 40 years ingest in a lifetime.
Remember all information has been taken from the side of a cigarette pack. All I have done is to used a calculator totaled it all up and then convert these totals into gallons.

Just imagine you were to smoke twenty cigarettes a day from the age of 20 right up to the grand old age of 60 (that’s if you make it that far). You would have during that time period inhaled and ingested the following quantities of lethal toxic chemicals.

2,409 gallons of tar enough to fill a swimming pool. Try filling your pool with tar and using your water pump to pump the tar It will clog and stop working the same way as your lungs would (or do).

Your lungs would have ingested over 146 gallons of Nicotine enriching your blood and brain with this deadly substance.

1,460 gallons of carbon monoxide. How many people can you suffocate with that.

Over 9.49 gallons of Formaldehyde. This is one of the most deadly products to cause cancer.

20.44 gallons of Hydrogen cyanide. The same poison that is in deadly nightshade.

Last but not least 69.35 gallons of Benzene. How far would you go on that?

Has smoking caused any health problems for me?

The simple answer to that is a big fat yes! I now suffer from emphysema and chronic bronchitis, put the two of these together and you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This causes me to use three different inhaler’s and a machine when the hot days make breathing unbearable. I also suffer from Buergers disease which is a vile disease that affects the extremities of the body (feet, legs and arms etc). This then leads to a loss of feeling in the hands, feet and legs leading to gangrene, leading to amputation. There is no cure for this disease and the prognosis is always the same. This disease is only caused by smoking there is no other reason and it affects people from all walks of life. King George VI was diagnosed with this disease in late 1948 and early 1949. Both legs were affected, the right more seriously than the left. The Kings doctors prescribed complete rest and electric treatment to stimulate circulation, but as they were either unaware of the connection between the disease and smoking (the King was a heavy smoker) or unable to persuade the King to stop smoking, the disease failed to respond to their treatment, he was later to die still a strong smoker with a two pack a day habit.

Do I still smoke? the insanity of it is yes.

stevetheblogger
Credits Back of a packet of Pall Mall Cigarettes. Wikipedia and me for photographs

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Addiction, Amputation, Buergers Disease, Cancer, Cigarette, Gangrene, Lung Cancer

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Jul 2012 (#)

Ironic that you mentioned "Pall-Malls" because those are the cigarettes that my uncle used to smoke before he quit. He was a two pack a day smoker by the time he finally quit. I don't remember the reason he quit but I do remember that he put on weight like crazy. He went from a healthy 195 pounds to close to 300 pounds in less than a year. I think I was eleven or twelve when I smoked my first Camel and was chain smoking cigarette, cigars and a pipe by the time I was sixteen or seventeen. I quit cold turkey when I was in my early thirties because it was effecting my workouts at the dojo.

A well-deserved star page.

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author avatar constance
13th Jul 2012 (#)

Hello! wonderful article, My mom died of lung cancer and she had a cough for 15 years she stayed on cough syrup until 1 year ago she passed. she was 79. But she had told the family when she was 60 she had only one Lung and she stopped smoking and continued to cough for many years and that stays in my mind. Great, Great article!

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
14th Jul 2012 (#)

A good public service announcement.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Good information on Buerger's disease and smoking. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar stevetheblogger
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Steve can I thank you for the moderating and the star very much appreciated.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar stevetheblogger
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Denise Many thanks for your kind comments so much appreciated
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Delicia Powers
16th Jul 2012 (#)

great article, thank you...

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author avatar stevetheblogger
16th Jul 2012 (#)

Delicia
Many Thanks on your kind Comment
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Benter Adede
16th Jul 2012 (#)

Wow! Very informative! I'll get some of my friends to read it!

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author avatar stevetheblogger
16th Jul 2012 (#)

Benter
Many thanks for your Kind comments
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2012 (#)

Gave up my 50 a day habit on my 58th birthday - 4 years ago - by going cold turkey. It was torture but I have never smoked again since that day and I do not miss it at all.

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author avatar avery sandiego
20th Jul 2012 (#)

thanks for this...this is what I am saying that cigarette smoking is a tool of the devil.

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