Nicotine doesn't cause cancer. There are at
least 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, 43 of which have been proven to cause cancer.
Nicotine is not one of them. Nicotine replacement as gum or patch is safe and effective.
||Nicotine isn't always addictive. Smoking nicotine is
addictive because it is delivered so quickly to your brain. Nicotine from cigarette smoke
enters the body through the lungs, "upstream" from the brain, and travels
directly to the brain in just 7-10 seconds via the arteries. In contrast, nicotine in a
patch enters the body through the skin, slowly, "downstream" from the brain, and
is diluted and broken down by the liver before eventually reaching the brain. Patches
||"Light" cigarettes are just as harmful as regular ones.
"Light" cigarettes have tiny holes just where your fingers hold them. Why? When
you inhale, you get full-strength smoke. But when just the end of the filter is inserted
into a "smoking machine" to determine the tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide
content, the smoke is diluted by air entering through those holes. What's more, people
inhale deeper and more frequently after switching from "regular" to
"light" cigarettes, in order to keep the same average level of nicotine in their
||1 in 2 smokers will die from their habit. (and for every
smoker who dies of lung cancer, 5 will die from some other disease) True or false? 20% of
all deaths in North America are caused by cigarette smoking. One in two smokers will die
from their habit, losing an average of 15 years of life. One third of all deaths in middle
age (ages 35-69) are caused by cigarettes. Incredible, but: True. True. True.
||Smoking doesn't cause just lung cancer. It contributes to
back pain, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), and male impotence. It affects the
circulation, "hardening the arteries", and also creates low-level carbon
monoxide poisoning. Together, these decrease the delivery of oxygen to every part of the
body including discs in the spine. Smokers have more back pain than non-smokers, and heal
||Nicotine "gum" isn't gum. Nicotine "gum"
doesn't work if you chew it like gum. The nicotine is absorbed through the skin inside
your mouth, not through your stomach. Too much nicotine is released too quickly and
swallowed if the gum is chewed too much. Once in the stomach, the nicotine causes nausea
and is then absorbed to the liver where it is broken down.
||Second-hand smoke causes many diseases in children, including
ear infections, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
Smoke in an infant's household quadruples the chances of a SIDS death (sudden infant death
syndrome). Each year in the United States second-hand smoke causes an estimated 284 to 364
deaths in children from house fires and lung infections. Also, it causes between 354,000
and 2.2 million ear infections in children, as well as 260,000 to 436,000 episodes of
bronchitis and 115,000 to 190,000 episodes of pneumonia. A non-smoking spouse of a regular
smoker has a 20% increase in their chances of developing lung cancer, and a 30% increase
in their chance of developing heart disease.
||The actual benefits of quitting. A 42-year old male smoking
20 or more cigarettes a day has about a 1 in 5 chance of dying within 17 years. If they
quit, that risk is reduced to 1 in 10.
||Cravings may not be due to nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine
withdrawal is a physical affliction which lasts for two or three weeks. Beyond that
period, "cravings" are entirely based on psychological factors: exposure to
common "triggers" to smoking, and lack of alternative ways of coping with
|| There are as many ex-smokers alive as there are smokers. In Canada
United States is very similar-- 47% of the people who have ever smoked and are still alive
haven't smoked in the past six months. That means that for every smoker, there's an