They are bad for your lungs and heart; they can cover everything in your home and car with a thin layer of smelly tar; they make your skin wrinkle faster. There are some facts about cigarettes that almost everyone knows, but there are also some cigarette facts that the general public is largely unaware of. If you smoke cigarettes, or you are thinking about taking up the habit, below are some cigarette facts that you probably don’t know but should be aware of.
According to a Massachusetts Health Department study that ran from 1997 to 2005, the amount of nicotine in Camel, Newport, and Doral cigarettes increased by as much as 11% compared to previous years. Nicotine is the chemical in cigarettes that gives smokers a pleasant buzz. It is also the primary element in cigarettes that makes them so addictive. If you smoke one of the cigarette brands above, you are likely to have a harder time kicking the nicotine habit.
Urea is Used to Flavor Cigarettes
Urea, a chemical compound found in large quantities in urine, is used to help flavor cigarette tobacco. After undergoing a bleaching process, cigarette tobacco receives several chemical additives that affect its taste and rate of combustion. While urea isn’t known for being a dangerous compound, the urine/cigarette connection is still more than a little bit disgusting. If you have ever smoked a cigarette and thought it tasted like toilet water, now you know why.
U.S. Cigarette Companies Make a Fortune Overseas
With all the state smoking bans, increased cigarette taxes, and anti-tobacco commercials sweeping the nation, it seems as if U.S. cigarette manufacturers would be facing hard times. However, these companies make most of their revenue from selling to countries such as China, Turkey, Japan, and Indonesia. Many foreign countries don’t have the tough tobacco laws of the U.S. In Indonesia, for example, cigarettes are still advertised on billboards and magazines.
Smoking Makes You Die an Average of 14 Years Faster
Since the 1960s, people have known that having a cigarette habit would likely shorten their lives, but exactly how much it would shorten life varied by person. Today, after extensive research into how smoking affects longevity, scientists estimate that, on average, a chronic smoker will die 14 years earlier than he would if he had never smoked. Not every smoker’s life span will be shortened by cigarette use, but there is a good chance that a chronic smoker will die early.
Ecigarettes Don’t Contain Cigarette Chemicals
What makes cigarettes dangerous is the 43 carcinogens they contain, plus the presence of toxic ingredients such as arsenic and lead. Electronic cigarette refills, on the other hand, only contain nicotine (they can also be nicotine-free), eLiquid flavor, and propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin. The FDA prohibits sellers of eCigarettes and electronic cigarette refills from claiming their products are safer than cigarettes, but they don’t contain toxic cigarette ingredients.
Low Tar Cigarettes are Mostly a Gimmick
To be labeled “low-tar”, a cigarette must contain no more than 7 milligrams of tar. For years, low-tar cigarettes have been thought to be not as bad as high-tar cigarettes, which often contain over 20 milligrams of tar. However, researchers have found that smokers of low-tar brands actually inhale harder, causing them to receive a greater amount of tar than expected, and making the cigarette burn faster, which decreases the amount of time until the next cigarette is smoked.
Tired of Smoking Cigarettes?
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