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30 Amazing little known Facts About Smoking | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Over 2,000 years ago, South American Cultures began using tobacco. Brazilian peoples invented cigarettes by rolling tobacco leaves in paper.
  2. It’s amazing that people used to believe Tobacco had medicinal value. A French Ambassador named Jean Nicot brought Tobacco plants to Portugal in 1559, telling friends it was useful in treating wounds, asthma and cancer. The words nicotine and nicotiana come from Jean Nicot’s last name.
  3. Several Countries outlawed tobacco use in the 1600s. Amazingly in Turkey during that period, tobacco users could be tortured or killed.
  4. In China, a person caught with tobacco might be beheaded. In Russia, tobacco users who were caught a second time were killed.
  5. There are more than one billion smokers in the world.
  6. It is amazing that 15 billion cigarettes are smoked world wide  every day.
  7. Roughly 6 million teens in the US today smoke despite the knowledge that it is addictive and leads to disease.
  8. 20 percent of American teens smoke. Each day 3,000 children smoke their first cigarette. Of these nearly 1,000 will eventually die as a result from smoking.
  9. When you smoke following things happen. The heart speeds up, from 10 to 20 beats per minute. The blood vessels constrict so that blood pressure goes up 5 to 10 points. The temperature of the skin drops. The level of blood sugar falls, because the blood sugar is being burned up in a stressed out reaction. The hypothalamus, which regulates hunger, gets a “speed-up” message, so the appetite falls too.
  10. Smoking increases your risk of getting lung diseases like pneumonia, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  11. A symptom from heavy smoking is increased coughing, because the lungs are struggling to clear out dirt and deposits.
  12. Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality in the world.
  13. Smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the U.S. every year.
  14. Amazing fact is every cigarette you smoke reduces your expected life span by 11 minutes.
  15. Adult male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lose 14.5 years of life because of smoking. Given the diseases that smoking can cause, it can steal your quality of life long before you die.
  16. Women who smoke during pregnancy can slow down the baby’s growth by reducing the amount of oxygen and increasing the amount of carbon monoxide that the baby receives during a critical time when its brain and nervous system are developing.
  17. Babies born of mothers who smoke frequently during pregnancy are on the average 7 ounces lighter than other babies.
  18. Smoking while pregnant increases the chances of spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) , stillbirths and premature labor.
  19. Amazingly over 30% of cancer could be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, having a healthy diet and physical activity.
  20. It is believed that amazing  100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century.
  21. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of emphysema and chronic bronchitis deaths.
  22. Amazing thing is that cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and  total 69 known carcinogens.
  23. Urea, a chemical compound that is a major component in urine, is used to add “flavor” to cigarettes.
  24. Users of tobacco of all types – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco – are 5 to 10 times more likely to get mouth or throat cancer than nonsmokers are.
  25. Approximately 50-75 percent of children in the United States have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine, in their blood due to second hand smoking in the family.
  26. Bidis are legally imported from India and are thin unfiltered cigarettes hand-wrapped in Brown leaves and tied with short pieces of thread and are popular with school kids under 18 because they are cheap. Bidis deliver twice the amount of tar and seven times the amount of nicotine of regular cigarettes.
  27. It’s completely legal for minors to smoke cigarettes in the U.S.  What they can’t do is purchase them.
  28. Amazing fact is cigarettes are the single-most traded item on the planet, with approximately 1 trillion being sold from country to country each year. The American brands Marlboro, Kool, Camel and Kent own roughly 70% of the global cigarette market.
  29. Fact is that Hitler led the first public anti-smoking campaign in modern history.
  30. Study after study has found that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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