Sitting at the mechanic shop today; beside me was an empty pack of cigarette. So I decided to take an up, close & personal look at the constituents of the smoke (occupational hazard sha; we like looking into things).
First of all I saw the double standard guarantee on the pack from two different bodies. The manufacturer “guarantees gold standard in smoking pleasure”, while the Federal ministry of health guarantees an “early death” if one smokes this..
Kinda reminds me of the Biblical passage that presents before us “life and death; good & evil”.
Looking at the make up of this smoke; it contains;
10mg of tar
1.0mg of nicotine
10mg carbon monoxide
Tar is the common name for the resinous, partially combusted particulate matter made by the burning of tobacco and other plant material in the act of smoking. Tar is toxic and damages the smoker’s lungs over time through various biochemical and mechanical processes. Tar also damages the mouth by rotting and blackening teeth, damaging gums, and desensitizing taste buds. Tar includes the majority of mutagenic and carcinogenic agents in tobacco smoke.
Do you know that nicotine was widely used as insecticides in the past?
Nicotine is highly addictive. It is one of the most commonly abused drugs. An average cigarette yields about 2 mg of absorbed nicotine; high amounts can be more harmful. Nicotine addiction involves drug-reinforced behavior, compulsive use, and relapse following abstinence. Nicotine dependence involves tolerance, sensitization, physical dependence, and psychological dependence. Nicotine dependence causes distress. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include depressed mood, stress, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances. Mild nicotine withdrawal symptoms are measurable in unrestricted smokers, who experience normal moods only as their blood nicotine levels peak, with each cigarette. On quitting, withdrawal symptoms worsen sharply.
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced from the incomplete burning of virtually any combustible product. It may accumulate indoors as a result of tobacco smoking, poorly ventilated appliances, and attached garages.
Carbon Monoxide enters the blood from the lungs and combines with hemoglobin, blocking the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to body cells. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide exposure may mimic influenza and include fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, mental confusion, and rapid heart rate. Depending on the level of exposure, Carbon Monoxide can be immediately fatal. Long-term, low-level exposure to Carbon Monoxide by pregnant women have the potential to injure the developing fetus.
As a plant scientist; I usually advocate for the usage of most plants, but I’ll have to advice against smoking tobacco.
I believe from the above stated facts, by now one would realize that nothing good comes out of smoking.
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CREDIT: Dr. OG