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Shocking Facts About Smoking "CIGARETTES" by Priyanka ,  Jul 24, 2013

Smoking has become very common in teens as well as older people now-a-days. It starts off with a sense of fun and  style and unfortunately sometimes ends in the death of the user. For many people it is just fun while many people smoke just because their body is addicted to tobacco and according to them they think they can’t live without it.

We are going to share some shocking information and facts about cigarettes and smoking.


First of all, you should know something about the ingredients of a cigarette. A cigarette contains more then 7,000 chemicals in it. Nicotine is one and the major reason that causes people to become addicted. In these 7,000 chemicals, several hundreds are toxic and 70 of them can cause cancer. Some of the most harmful ingredients of a cigarette contains lead, radon, tar (tar-col), radium, carbon monoxide, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide and uranium. In fact, if we were to write about them in detail, it would take volumes of books.

Shocking Smoking Facts:

  1. According to many scientists, a smoker will live 14 year less.
  2. There are about 1.1 billion smokers in the world and 300 million of them are in China.
  3. According to British scientists, every cigarette you smoke can shorten your life by 11 minutes.
  4. Due to smoking, the supply of blood to your skin reduced which lowers the level of Vitamin A in your body and also your body gets paler and full of wrinkles.
  5. About 3,000 deaths occurred just because of second-hand smoking which means if you are a smoker, you are a direct danger to your family, friends and relatives.
  6. In last minute, about 7 people died just because of smoking which means smoking claims 1 life every eight seconds.
  7. Lung Cancer, Blood Pressure, Heart Attack, Skin and Mouth Cancer are some major diseases that can be caused due to smoking.
  8. If a pregnant woman smokes, the chances of her miscarriage are increased.
  9. 90% of the lung cancer patients are smoker

We hope that all those who read this post are going to quit smoking. Think about yourself as well as your family and friends. You are important to them.

The radiation from smoking a pack of cigarettes a day compares to almost 2,000 chest x-rays!

Ever been annoyed when you had to strap on that lead vest while getting an x-ray? Just think of all the radiation you would be exposed to if you didn’t have that blocking a lot of it. Now then think that if you smoke cigarettes, you get that much radiation anyway! Scientists had trouble determining why exactly cigarettes were so dangerous and caused so many health risks. 

Statistically, the chemicals in tobacco are far less dangerous than most people think, and the numbers don’t exactly add up. However, scientists have determined that tobacco is so bad for you because it’s actually radioactive. In the 1930’s farmers began using a cheap fertilizer called apatite, which causes the tobacco to taste sweet, but also has uranium in it. By inhaling the smoke from this apatite, we inhale radioactive particles, severely damaging our body and organs. 

Smoking Facts and Tobacco Statistics

1) There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, and if current trends continue, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025.
2) China is home to 300 million smokers who consume approximately 1.7 trillion cigarettes a year, or 3 million cigarettes a minute.
3) Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute, 15 billion are sold each day, and upwards of 5 trillion are produced and used on an annual basis.
4) Five trillion cigarette filters weigh approximately 2 billion pounds.
5) It's estimated that trillions of filters, filled with toxic chemicals from tobacco smoke, make their way into our environment as discarded waste yearly.
6) While they may look like white cotton, cigarette filters are made of very thin fibers of a plastic called cellulose acetate. A cigarette filter can take between 18 months and 10 years to decompose.
7) A typical manufactured cigarette contains approximately 8 or 9 milligrams of nicotine, while the nicotine content of a cigar is 100 to 200 milligrams, with some as high as 400 milligrams.
8) There is enough nicotine in four or five cigarettes to kill an average adult if ingested whole. Most smokers take in only one or two milligrams of nicotine per cigarette however, with the remainder being burned off.
9) Ambergris, otherwise known as whale vomit is one of the hundreds of possible additives used in manufactured cigarettes.
10)Benzene is a known cause of acute myeloid leukemia, and cigarette smoke is a major source of benzene exposure. Among U.S. smokers, 90 percent of benzene exposures come from cigarettes.
11) Radioactive lead and polonium are both present in low levels in cigarette smoke.
12)Hydrogen cyanide, one of the toxic byproducts present in cigarette smoke, was used as a genocidal chemical agent during World War II.
13) Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemical compounds, 11 of which are known to be Group 1 carcinogens.
14) The smoke from a smoldering cigarette often contains higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke than exhaled smoke does.
15) Kids are still picking up smoking at the alarming rate of 3,000 a day in the U.S., and 80,000 to 100,000 a day worldwide.
16) Worldwide, one in five teens age 13 to 15 smoke cigarettes.
17) Approximately one quarter of the youth alive in the Western Pacific Region (East Asia and the Pacific) today will die from tobacco use.
18) Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death.
19) Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually.
20) Tobacco use is expected to claim one billion lives this century unless serious anti-smoking efforts are made on a global level.

Tobacco offers us a life of slavery, a host of chronic, debilitating illnesses and ultimately death. And think about it: We pay big bucks for those "benefits." Sad, but true.

Health Hazards of Smoking

  • Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths.2
  • About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. That means that for every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.3
  • Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions. Even among smokers who have quit chronic lung disease accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions.4
  • The list of diseases caused by smoking includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), coronary heart disease, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, pneumonia, periodontitis, and bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, throat, cervical, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. Smoking is also a major factor in a variety of other conditions and disorders, including slowed healing of wounds, infertility, and peptic ulcer disease.5
  • Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.6

Bad for your looks:

  • Smoking ages your skin faster. It's second only to sun exposure for giving you wrinkles.
  • Tar, the sticky brown substance in tobacco products, stains smokers' fingers and teeth.
  • Smoking makes you stink! Your hair, breath and clothes smell bad.

There are also some other interesting facts about smoking regarding the health dangers of cigarette smoking on the human body

1. Heart diseases – Cigarette Smoking is responsible for about 40% of the heart diseases and about 25% of the cancer related deaths.

2. Second hand smoke – It has been reported that about 3000 persons die due to the second hand smoke in US every year. The second hand smoke has been classified as carcinogen since 1992.

3. Non smoker’s blood – It is a dangerous fact that there are residues of cigarette smoke in about 90% of the non smoker’s blood.

4. Nicotine addiction – According to the latest Centre of Disease control list, Nicotine is the world’s most addictive substance.

5. Infertility – Cigarette smoking causes infertility in women if taken more than half pack a day.

6. Early menopause – Smoking may also lead to early menopause among women as compared to non smokers.

7. Pregnant WomenPregnant women who smoke have the higher risk of babies born with birth defects and they pass chemicals to the unborn child through the placenta.

“The only safer cigarette is your last one..” Duane Alan Hahn Hopefully, These facts about smoking cigarettes are reasons that may induce the smoker to quit smoking cigarettes.

teens smoking
  1. 90 percent of smokers began before the age 21.
  2. Every day, almost 3,900 adolescents under 18 years of age try their first cigarette. More than 950 of them will become daily smokers.
  3. About 30 percent of teen smokers will continue smoking and die early from a smoking-related disease.
  4. Teen smokers are more likely to have panic attacks, anxiety disorders and depression.
  5. 1 of 5 teenagers who are addicted to cigarettes smokes 13-15 a day.
  6. Approximately 1.5 million packs of cigarettes are purchased for minors annually.
  7. Smoking can age skin faster, second only to the effect sun exposure has on giving premature wrinkles.
  8. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  9. According to the Surgeon General, teenagers who smoke are three times more likely to use alcohol, eight times more likely to smoke marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine.
  10. The lungs of teens who smoke will not develop fully, which puts them at higher risk for lung disease.
  11. In the United States, about 20 percent of teens consider themselves to be regular smokers.