Thursday, March 6, 2008

A shoutout to the Smoker's Union

Your parents, your doctor, the government, the mass media had always said the same thing about smoking. It's bad for health.

What kinds of chemical compounds do you find in a typical cigarette?

A single cigarette contains more than 4000 chemical compounds and at the very least, 400 toxic substances. Not only this, the toxins are amplified due to heat factor. When a smoker inhales a cigarette, the tip of the cigarette is about 700°C and around 60°C at the core.

How is it bad?

As far as I'm concerned, lung cancer is a rare form of cancer if no one in the world smoked. To put it in statistical terms, only 0.5% of people who never touch a cigarette would have gotten lung cancer. This is the reason why smoking is ALWAYS associated with lung cancer.

And you thought by smoking you only risk your lungs?

It's not always about the lungs, smoking drastically increases the risk of contracting various forms of cardiovascular disease. Smoking speeds up the hardening and narrowing process of your arteries increasing the chances of blood clots 2-4 times more likely.

One in ten moderate smokers and almost one in five heavy smokers (more than 15 cigarettes a day) will die of lung cancer.

Research reveals that each cigarette shortens a smoker's lifespan by 11 minutes on average.

Thinking about stopping?

It's about time because it takes about 15 years before the risk of lung cancer drops to the same as that of a non-smoker. For people who plans to study abroad, you'll need a full body checkup before they approve your student Visa. Looking at your own X-ray wouldn't be pleasant because it's considered normal for smokers to have lung scarrings. Think about your family when they see it.

Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by about 50%. Yes, impotence for males and for females, babies are twice as likely to be born prematurely when the mother is smoking during the pregnancy period.

Muscles tend to grow at a slower rate due to smoking. Muscles needs to regulate oxygen and carbon monoxide from cigarettes just takes away most of it decreasing blood regulation.

Still think smoking is cool? Think again. This time, think harder.

Peace out!

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