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A Dangerous Forgotten Drug

Updated on March 20, 2015
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Author: Matthew A. Easterbrook Matthew A. Easterbrook was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up on his grandparent's ranch in Par

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This drug kills daily and hourly

You see billboard ads about it; liquor stores sell it; there are commercials advertising it, and people standing around buying and using this drug on a daily basis. This drug is sold over the counter at markets, gas stations, and other stores. In fact, this drug is so easy to get that as a consumer you can even roll your own and smoke it in the privacy of your car or home. This drug accounts for more deaths than the total number of fatalities of murder, suicide, car accidents, fire, AIDS, cocaine & heroin overdoses- COMBINED. If you use this particular drug you are four times more at risk than someone who doesn't use it. The drug I am referring to is nicotine.

According to the American Heart Association, "480,000 of the 2.4 million annual deaths in the United States are accounted for by cigarette smokers". The Surgeon General even stated: "Cigarette smoking is the leading most preventable cause of disease and deaths in the United States". Yes, these are all attributed to cigarette smokers. In fact, no one can deny the toxicity of cigarettes. But the average person is not aware that they contain over 599 toxic substances and over 4,000 chemicals. Some of the most fatal ingredients in cigarettes are: Nicotine, Tar, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Hydrogen Cyanide, Arsenic, and DDT. Basically, any one of these toxic carcinogenic compounds can kill you in ample doses. But cigarettes contain all of these and, to be exact, cigarettes contain over 50 cancer causing compounds that are lethal in ample doses to the human body. The addictive factor to cigarettes is mostly attributed to nicotine which, when entering the blood stream during use, is a stimulant and gives the smoker a false sense of a euphoric, or calming sensation. Some smokers report "it takes edge off the stress." The reality of cigarette smoking is it will kill you, and nicotine in large doses creates lethal poisoning to the body as well. So, you still want to die? I mean....smoke those cancer sticks? Okay then, here are some more hard facts that cannot go unnoticed or denied; 1/3 of all cancers are attributed to cigarette smoking. Lung Cancer is the number 1 killer for the cigarette addict. Some other cancers that can also occur in the smokers bodies are mouth, tongue, throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix, kidney, ureter, and bladder.

Cigarette smoking causes many health problems beside cancer, there is also emphysema, chronic bronchitis, risk of coronary disease, aneurysm, stroke, heart attack, vascular disease, peptic ulcers, varicose veins, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, allergies, and high blood pressure. Overall, it will take endless years away from the individual's life expectancy.

So, how dangerous is it for the non-smoker to be around the smoker? Well here are some hard numbers; 22,700 to 69,600 premature deaths are attributed annually to the non-smoker being exposed to the secondhand cigarette smoke. Over 53,000 non-smokers have been reported as fatalities yearly due directly to secondhand cigarette smoke. Over 3,000 of these non-smokers also died of lung cancer as a result of secondhand smoke exposure. Secondhand smoke is so toxic that in the unborn baby it can cause birth defects, premature birth, developmental delays, and airway diseases that are fatal and unrepairable to the human body.

Basically, the slogan "you smoke, you die" is the reality of smoking cigarettes or tobacco smoking as a whole in any form whether it be a pipe, cigar, tobacco hookah, or even smokeless chewing tobacco can cause death. E-cigarettes the newest form of smoking by the use of inhaling vapors, still causes cancer. The question is, can they still be harmful to those being around and exposed to the vapors? E-cigarette second hand smoke is still second hand smoke and dangerous to be around and breathe. If that does not scare you then maybe this statistic will put the smoking fear in you. Since January 1, 2015 to February 21, 2015 there have already been 49,596 deaths in the United States (statics from cdc-gov.fast stats death rates, U.S Surgeon General). Plus, there is a prediction that by the year 2030 that there will be approximately 8 million people who will have died due to cigarette smoking. Yearly around 600,000 people in the U.S die from second hand smoke. Imagine that every time you pass by a smoker they are also putting you at risk with their second hand vapors and smoke. Since there are over 250 harmful chemicals in cigarettes that does not surprise me a bit.

So, here are some healthy solutions to assist you in quitting this addiction:

1) Vigorous exercise (a natural high)

2) Attend Smoking Cessation and Quit Smoking Support Groups

3) Hypnosis- deals with the subconscious, and a well-trained hypnotherapist can help place the building blocks to recovery in your subconscious while under hypnosis.

4) Seek medical help from your primary care physician and stop smoking through the use of prescribed medications, nicotine gum, or patches. Always seek the advice of your doctor before attempting.

5) In addition to the above seek professional counseling and guidance from a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, and or Psychiatrists.

6) Above all else, you as an individual must have the desire to stop smoking in order for any of these to work.

Remember, it is never too late to stop smoking or e-cigarette vaporizing. If you do not stop you will become a death statistic before your time. It is a proven fact that if you quit smoking at any age it will extend your life. Smokers on an average usually die at least 10 years earlier than non-smokers. So, I wish you good luck on becoming an ex-smoker and living a healthier, happier life!

Please, see the video below for further information.

e-cigarette dangers

Smoking is considered one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Tolovaj thank you for your informative comment. You are right smokers lifestyles seem to attribute to a higher mortality rate. Plus, if they smoke indoors and around friends and family tbey place all of. them at high risk for lung cancer. Second hand smoke is as dangerous as smoking itself.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      3 years ago from Ljubljana

      I have lost four friends in about one year, nobody of them because of smoking, but all of them were smokers. Maybe I am a bit too panicky, but I think there is a pattern, deaths of all of them were related with their lifestyles and I think smokers are inclined to more risky behavior. It would be interesting to see a study about seemingly non-related causes of death, like car-accidents, adrenaline sports etc , among smokers and non-smokers.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Kylyssa sorry for the loss of your friend. Thank you for sharing and it is so unfortunate that loved ones are so effected by smokers. Second hand smoke like you mentioned is just as dangerous as smoking itself.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I lost my dear friend Cheryl to secondhand smoke. Shortly after moving in with her smoker boyfriend, she developed small cell lung cancer and died about a year after her diagnosis at the age of 38.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Sorry to hear of your losses P.Duty. Unfortunately, a lot of smokers never quit and get cancer or die. It is an unforgiving drug over time. A lot of young smokers develop health issues and even die way before their prime and time.

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      pduty 

      3 years ago

      Yes, smoking is a terrible addiction. I quit cold turkey on August 13, 1990. As with other addictive pleasures (so to speak), tobacco has affected my family too. My father had heart complications due to smoking.

      Every time my dad saw someone smoking he’d open up his shirt and say “see here (pointing to the long scar on his chest), this here is from those damn things. You better put that thing out for good or you might not be as lucky as me and survive”.

      Well my husband didn’t listen to my daddy; he kept smoking until the last 8 days of his life. He died from lung cancer 15 years ago at the age of 43.

      Gone but not forgotten!

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Trish. Yes you are right a lot of television shows, movies, celebrities, and the tobacco companies do glamorize smoking. I like you do worry about the negative influence it has on our youth today. Thanks again for your really nice comment and for sharing.

      Matt

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      Trish 

      3 years ago

      I am not a smoker, thank goodness, but just finished watching a popular show that glamourized smoking and alcohol. I absolutely loved that show, but could see how easily younger people could get hooked by wanting to fit in, be accepted. Great article.

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      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      I am a smoker :(. I did quit for a while when I had my son. I was so proud, then I started again :(. I am not even sure how it happen when I started back. I manage to go a few days now and again and then I start again. A healthier me is in the future though, eating better and finally kicking the habit. Great article. The E-cigs especially most people think they are a "quitting" aid, they are not. I know people that have been "vaping" for years. My nephew recently told me most of the kids in his school have E-cigs, its just sad.

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