Five cigarettes will kill you if you eat them. A single cigarette can contain up to 9 milligrams of nicotine depending on type and brand. Though it depends on the individual’s body weight, a lethal dose of pure liquid nicotine is about 30 to 60 mg. By smoking cigarettes you inhale one or two milligrams of nicotine per cigarette, with the remainder being burned off.
Nicotine is a very addictive drug. Like heroin or cocaine it affects your whole body. The heart beats faster, blood pressure increases, the pulse quickens, the veins constrict, The body produces adrenaline that relaxes many muscles, increases your heart rate, and raises the metabolism. It also changes the electrical activity in your brain. You feel good…
Nicotine along with caffeine and strychnine belong to a group of chemical compounds named alkaloids. These substances can be found in bitter tasting plants, that protect themselves from being eaten in this way. Yet however man not only ignores the warning signals from these plants but we actually seek our pleasure from them…
Tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 harmful and toxic substances. Among them:, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and at least 50 known carcinogens.
At least 10 million cigarettes are being sold every minute worldwide, that is about 1,5 billion cigarettes sold every day. Making cigarettes the most traded item on the planet.
Although smoking in itself isn’t a major pollutant, the manufacture of cigarettes is. Huge areas of land, mostly in third world countries, are used to grow tobacco instead of food or trees. The use of strong pesticides is common because the tobacco plant is very fragile. 600 million trees are cut down every year only to dry the tobacco so it can be used for cigarettes and cigars. One tree is wasted in producing 300 cigarettes, the paper used for wrapping and packages, there is also the use of energy and water in the manufacturing process that needs to be considered. The transportation of cigarettes around the globe also uses up enormous quantities of fossil fuels.
Every eight seconds someone dies from smoking, that translates into about 5 million dead every year, making smoking the single largest cause of disease and premature death in the world. This is more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, Smoking results, on average, in a decrease of 8.3 years of the smokers life expectancy, that is about 12 to 14 minutes for every single cigarette smoked.
The founder of the Marlboro cigarette company died of lung cancer, so did the first Marlboro Man.