SMOKING IS A MODERN DAY CURSE
Chemicals Found In Tobacco Cigarettes
I have written this article because I have been cigarette free for almost 5 years after having smoked smoked cigarettes and pipe for over 40 years.
Are you aware of all the chemicals, toxins, poisons and carcinogens contained in smoking tobacco? Perhaps you have heard that there are a lot of chemicals, tars etc, but you probably haven’t really bothered to research exactly how bad this list is.
I have researched for you and I hope this article will help you and others to break the hypnotic spell that smoking seems to have over us. Strange as it may seem, nicotine is the least harmful of all the ingredients found in a cigarette.
If you wish your loved ones could quit smoking, please share this article with them.
Chemicals Found In Tobacco Smoke
There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.
The list of 599 “additives” approved by the FDA and the US Government for use in the manufacture of cigarettes is something every smoker should see. Submitted by the five major American cigarette companies to the Department of Health and Human Services in April of 1994, this list of ingredients has long been kept secret and amazingly has been approved! There simply has to be an ulterior motive and that is money! The governments make a lot of money out of cigarettes, from taxes and VAT, GST, medicines and treatments.
Some of the tobacco companies benefitting from reporting this information were:
British American Tobacco Company
Brown and Williamson
Liggett Group, Inc
Philip Morris Inc.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
While these ingredients are approved as additives for foods, they were not tested by burning them and it is the burning of many of these substances that changes their properties the worse.
Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette and 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. In fact, 43 known carcinogens are found in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke or both. It’s chilling to think about not only how smokers poison themselves, but what others are exposed to by breathing in the secondhand smoke. The next time you’re missing your old buddy, the cigarette, take a good long look at this list and see them for what they are: a delivery system for toxic chemical and carcinogens straight into your body.
All of these “additives” to tobacco cigarettes have been accepted and approved for use:
Allspice Extract,Oleoresin, and Oil
Almond Bitter Oil
Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic
Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil
Anise Star, Extract and Oils
Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins
Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate
Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil
Balsam Peru and Oil
Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil
Beet Juice Concentrate
Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal
Benzoic Acid, Benzoin
Black Currant Buds Absolute
Buchu Leaf Oil
Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil
Butyl Butyryl Lactate
Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder
Carob Bean and Extract
Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract
Cassia Bark Oil
Cassie Absolute and Oil
Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute
Cedar Leaf Oil
Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana
Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin
Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract
Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract
Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract
Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder
Cognac White and Green Oil
Coriander Extract and Oil
Costus Root Oil
1-Cysteine Dandelion Root Solid Extract
Dill Seed Oil and Extract
alpha,alpha Dimethylphenethyl Butyrate
Ethyl Methyl Phenylglycidate
2-Ethyl (or Methyl)-(3,5 and 6)-Methoxypyrazine
2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, 3-Ethyl -2-Hydroxy-2-Cyclopenten-1-One
2-Ethyl-3, (5 or 6)-Dimethylpyrazine
Fennel Sweet Oil
Fenugreek, Extract, Resin, and Absolute
Fig Juice Concentrate
Food Starch Modified
Gentian Root Extract
Geranium Rose Oil
Ginger Oil and Oleoresin
Grape Juice Concentrate
Guaiac Wood Oil
Hydrolyzed Milk Solids
Hydrolyzed Plant Proteins
5-Hydroxy-2,4-Decadienoic Acid delta-Lactone
4-Hydroxy -3-Pentenoic Acid Lactone
4-Hydroxybutanoic Acid Lactone
Immortelle Absolute and Extract
Isoamyl Formate, IsoamylHexanoate
Jasmine Absolute, Concrete and Oil
Kola Nut Extract
Labdanum Absolute and Oleoresin
Lemon Oil and Extract
Licorice Root, Fluid, Extract and Powder
Lovage Oil And Extract
Mace Powder, Extract and Oil
Malt and Malt Extract
Maple Syrup and Concentrate
Mate Leaf, Absolute and Oil
Methyl 2-Pyrrolyl Ketone
Methyl Ester of Rosin, Partially Hydrogenated
Methyl Linoleate (48%)
Methyl Linolenate (52%) Mixture
Methyl Naphthyl Ketone
(Methylthio)Methylpyrazine (Mixture Of Isomers)
Mimosa Absolute and Extract
Molasses Extract and Tincture
Mountain Maple Solid Extract
beta-Napthyl Ethyl Ether
Neroli Bigarde Oil
Nutmeg Powder and Oil
Oak Chips Extract and Oil
Oak Moss Absolute
9,12-Octadecadienoic Acid (48%)
9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic Acid (52%)
Opoponax Oil And Gum
Orange Blossoms Water, Absolute, and Leaf Absolute
Orange Oil and Extract
Orris Concrete Oil and Root Extract
Parsley Seed Oil
Pepper Oil, Black And White
Peruvian (Bois De Rose) Oil
Petitgrain Absolute, Mandarin Oil and Terpeneless Oil
Pimenta Leaf Oil
Pine Needle Oil, Pine Oil, Scotch
Pineapple Juice Concentrate
Pipsissewa Leaf Extract
Prune Juice and Concentrate
Pyroligneous Acid And Extract
Raisin Juice Concentrate
Rose Absolute and Oil
Sage, Sage Oil, and Sage Oleoresin
Sandalwood Oil, Yellow
Styrax Extract, Gum and Oil
Tea Leaf and Absolute
2,3,4,5, and 3,4,5,6-Tetramethylethyl-Cyclohexanone
Thyme Oil, White and Red
Tolu Balsam Gum and Extract
Valerian Root Extract, Oil and Powder
Vanilla Extract And Oleoresin
Violet Leaf Absolute
Walnut Hull Extract
Wheat Extract And Flour
Wild Cherry Bark Extract
Wine and Wine Sherry
That is only 599! There are over 4000 chemical substances found in burning tobacco. 7 times more than this list! Were you ever made aware of this? Why not?
Smoking Cessation Medicines Trigger Suicidal Behaviour and Depression
Anti-tobacco extremists say that safer tobacco products are not necessary because FDA-approved medications are effective. They ignore scientific evidence of those medicines’ paltry success rate (pharmaceutical medical products containing nicotine works for only 7% of smokers), and of their significant side effects. For example, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban) carry FDA black-box warnings concerning depression and suicidal or self-injurious behaviour.
A study published in PLoS One concludes that “Varenicline shows a substantial, statistically significant increased risk of reported depression and suicidal/self-injurious behaviour. Bupropion for smoking cessation had slightly smaller increased risks.” The study’s first author is Thomas Moore from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. His co-authors are from medical schools at Wake Forest, Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Moore et al. looked at cases of depression or suicidal/self-injurious behaviour in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System from 1998 to 2010. As a negative control for short-term medication, they compared behavioural episodes during Varenicline and Bupropion use to those during use of three common antibiotics. Because quitting smoking has also been associated with behavioural problems, Moore also used pharmaceutical nicotine as a “cessation” control.
Compared with antibiotic use, Varenicline users were 37 times more likely to experience depression or suicidal/self-injurious behaviour (odds ratio, OR = 37, confidence interval, CI = 28-49). The OR for Bupropion was 13 (CI = 9-17), and the OR for nicotine was 4.3 (CI = 3.1-6.2).
Compared with nicotine (which controlled for behavioural problems due to quitting smoking), the OR for Varenicline was 8.4 (CI = 6.8-10.4) and the OR for Bupropion was 2.9 (CI = 2.3-3.7).
Moore also discussed other safety concerns: “While suicidal/self-injurious behaviour and depression appear to be prominent side effects of Varenicline, they are by no means the only safety issues. Varenicline has been associated with aggression and violence in three studies and carries a warning about this behaviour. Its effect on vision, cognition, and motor control and other risks have led to its being banned for airline pilots, air controllers, military pilots and missile crews, and restricted for truck drivers. Varenicline is also associated with an increase in the risk of serious cardiovascular events. In addition, it is associated with hypersensitivity, angioedema and potentially life-threatening severe cutaneous adverse events [references omitted].”
Moore warns doctors prescribing Varenicline about “…the value judgment of how to weigh the possible benefits of 52 weeks of smoking abstinence for 1 or 2 out of every 10 patients treated against the risk of less frequent adverse events such as violent and suicidal behaviour that can have immediate, catastrophic and irreversible effects on self, family, and career. In the meantime, safer alternatives now exist and should be preferred.”
Unwritten is that one of those safer alternatives is smoke-free tobacco (snus, chewing tobacco, snuff). While no tobacco product is absolutely safe, smoke-free alternatives deliver satisfying doses of nicotine, which is an important modulator of mood, well-being, and other behavioural performance measures.
Shocking new research reveals that a specific type of lung cancer many smokers develop comes from tiny tears in their lung tissue caused by microscopic glass fibres, also known as glass wool, found in many conventional cigarette filters. These rips in the epithelial (soft) tissue fuel the development of tumours and cancerous cells due to the constant overload of toxins, namely pesticides, nicotine and ammonia, contained in commercial cigarette smoke.
The filters of typical commercial cigarettes contain microscopic, needle-shaped shards of glass wool (like fibreglass insulation) which escape into the mouth and throat, and then lodge with tobacco tar in the lung tissue, surrounding the alveoli (tiny air sacs) and lead to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema and eventually lung cancer.
A physician’s assistant (PA) and an intensive care nurse at a major hospital reviewed the damaged lung tissue of several cigarette smokers and said the x-rays looked identical to those of patients exposed to asbestos, and that diagnostic imaging revealed what looked like “ground glass” which settled in the soft tissue near the bottom of the lungs (GGO – ground glass opacity). The interviewed nurse said, “When lung tissue is damaged over and over, it develops lesions, and the cancer plants itself in there like seeds.” (http://www.appliedradiology.com)
According to the PA, the tiny shards penetrate the “lipid bilayer, then embed in the lung tissue, causing the tissue to harden and eventually lose its ability to absorb oxygen.” This damage fuels the development of the same type of lung cancer (mesothelioma) associated with asbestos poisoning. He also explained how smoking destroys the cilia (tiny hairs) that help push excretions/mucous out, and how when smokers sleep, their breathing patterns relax and the “tar deposits creep in on damaged air sacs called blebs, eventually rupturing and collapsing them.” This is why when smokers awake in the morning, they can experience unproductive coughing fits and/or bronchial spasms. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1766058/)
The cigarette filter (butt) acts as a buffer from the extreme heat of the cigarette’s burning chemicals, which can exceed 1700 degrees Fahrenheit during inhalation. Fibrous glass has the heat-resistant qualities of asbestos, which makes it an efficient material for insulation. However, if you’ve ever been in an attic and got insulation on your skin, you already know how irritating the glass fibres can be, so now imagine what it is doing to the inside of a smoker’s lungs.
Up to 12,000 microscopic glass fibres are tightly bound together, which explains why filters take between 10 to 15 years to disintegrate. If the filter was simply cotton rolled tightly in paper, a few rainstorms would break it up and wash it away within weeks. Filters are also constructed to catch some of the tar and the tobacco particles from coming through, but not entirely.
Although fibreglass is not the same as asbestos, it can be just as damaging to the human body. The long, very narrow fibres penetrate deep into lung tissue and remain there. One study conducted with rats showed that fibrous glass is a potent carcinogen, leading to changes in the DNA genetic structure and breaking down the immune system. This is one reason smoker’s battle to fight off colds, the flu, sinus and bronchial infections for much longer periods of time than non-smokers. (http://tpx.sagepub.com/content/19/4-1/482.full.pdf)
60 years of Big Lies from Big Tobacco Companies Independent studies reveal that commercial cigarettes with defective filters have been marketed for over 60 years. Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that develops in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, and/or the cavity around the heart, is most commonly associated with asbestos poisoning, but now research reveals that more than 10% of those cases are now associated with cigarette smokers with absolutely no history of exposure to asbestos.
The tobacco industry has been negligent in failing to perform toxicological examinations to assess human health risks from inhaling and ingesting the sesynthetic micro-particles released from conventional cigarette filters. The recent “warning ads” about the effects of smoking are not educational, nor do they help smokers to understand strategies for cessation at all. The $54 million campaign full of “stark and graphic advertisements” is nothing more than a ploy to pretend like the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) is trying to help with this massive, preventable health crisis. (http://www.cnn.com)
Thanks to absolutely no regulations regarding the ingredients used for manufacturing cigarettes, smokers are susceptible to multiple forms of lung disease, including desquamative interstitial pneumonitis from ground glass infiltration of the soft tissues, bronchoalveolar cell carcinoma, and pulmonary fibrosis, which are all revealed from specific lung biopsies (HR-CT scans). (http://www.radiologyassistant.nl/en/42459cff38f02)
Since the U.S. government doesn’t help their smokers quit, who does?
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Is There An Alternative?
Although lots of small independent tests have been conducted on electronic cigarettes, in several counties around the world, governments, anti-smoking lobbyists and pharmaceutical companies claim that e-cigs and vaping has not been proven to be entirely safe! Does this make any sense when taken in context with the rest of this article? We have just seen proof of how many bad chemicals, toxins and carcinogens are present in tobacco smoke and we have just seen how the medical products for cessation affect behaviours.
We have seen how certain corporations benefit financially and we have heard about the lies and the rigging of test results. We have also seen how filters can cause lung disease and we have heard how addictive nicotine is. These are solid, unpretentious facts to deter anybody from ever becoming a smoker, but what about the tens of millions who are already smoking and killing themselves? Some may be able to quit cold turkey, but what of the others who want to quit but can’t?
Surely electronic cigarettes are the best solution? Okay, they might not be 100% safe, but they must be 99% safer? They address both the nicotine addiction and the psychological triggers associated with smoking tobacco products. They do not contain any of the toxins, tars, chemicals and fibre particles found in normal tobacco products and do not affect behaviour. Sure they contain traces of nicotine, but this is in its purest form. Apart from a base of either Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerine (both proven safe and found in most foods), the only solution of concern is the nicotine itself. To the base and the nicotine is added food flavouring and colouring and distilled water. The operating voltage and current of the electronic cigarette is very low and the liquid is designed to vapourise at a low temperature.
If foods, cigarettes, medicines and just about everything else is tested and either approved safe or turned down by regulatory watchdogs like the FDA, then why don’t they jump for joy at the opportunity to test and approve e-cigs as the answer? Why are governments and health bodies not pushing e-cigs as a safer and healthier option to smoking? If they are ashamed of the high number of people contacting cancer and dying every year, why don’t they ban cigarettes and subsidise e-cigarettes? Why don’t they run a program whereby smokers can sign a pledge, hand in their tobacco cigarettes and walk out with a complimentary pack of electronic cigarettes? Instead, countries are clamping down on smokers, prohibiting smoking in workplaces and in close proximity to buildings and now a move is underfoot to ban e-cigs! How does this make sense?
It’s all about the money. Smoking brings in revenue in taxes, medical treatments, and “bribes” from big tobacco and pharmaceutical companies. It creates employment, it generates huge sums of money in sales revenue. Are they perhaps scared to put an end to smoking and stamp out cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking? Are they scared to promote electronic cigarettes? Do they not want a safer alternative? It makes no sense. If regulation is necessary, then test the products and set quality standards, but don’t make them inaccessible to the public. And at this stage where they are clamping down on smoking, why make criminals out of vapers? They have seen the light, given up tobacco and chosen to vape instead. The governments and controlling bodies should be delighted.
Electronic cigarettes in some form or another have been around for about 6 years now. Thousands, no millions of smokers have changed to vaping. They report huge improvements and many have quit smoking completely. Used as intended, nobody has suffered decreased health, illness, stained teeth and more. This is the answer, so why are they being banned, or classified as medicines? What are the ulterior motives? Why are the biggest tobacco companies in the world getting involved in manufacturing and distributing electronic cigarettes? It’s all about control and profits. We as “sheeple” are having our human rights and personal choices curtailed. We are allowing ourselves to be dictated to.
Do not be bullied. Stand up for your rights and make your own decision about what you put into your body.