Facts About Smoking Tobacco
Where did it all start?
When did smoking become 'bad'?
Even the Nazis were against smoking
Different ways to smoke
When most people think of smoking, they think about cigarettes or sometimes cigars. But over the years there have been many other methods. Bidis are smoked in South Asia. They are basically tobacco flakes wrapped in tendu leaves and tied with string. Hookah originates from India and involves inhaling vaporized tobacco.
Kretek comes from 1880’s Indonesia where tobacco was mixed with cloves and flavoring sauce. And of course, there’s pipe smoking. It doesn’t matter how we smoke, however. All of these methods are more or less as bad as each other, and they all cause cancer. But there’s something else they also have in common; each of them involves a personal choice, unlike our next item, which is about smoking without any choice at all.
What are the real benefits of quitting?
Although the dangerous, long-term effects of smoking are well known, not many people realize how quickly the benefits of quitting smoking can actually happen. Within just 20 minutes of a person putting out their last cigarette, blood pressure in the body returns to normal.
Within 12 hours, the oxygen and carbon monoxide levels in their body have become entirely normal, and over the next few weeks, the body repairs a lot of the damage that smoking has caused. Plus, the risk of smoking-related illnesses such as heart attack or stroke is reduced by 50% after just one year.
How old do you have to be to smoke?
In most countries, it is illegal for people under a certain age to buy smoking products. But in many of these same countries, it is entirely legal for underage people to smoke. In most US states the age at which you can buy tobacco products is 18, but there is no age restriction on being allowed to smoke those products. The same applies in Australia, France, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Spain, and the Netherlands.Yet, because the purchase of tobacco is regulated according to age, most people assume it’s the same for smoking too. This is simply not true, and parents who allow their kids to smoke are acting completely within the law.
Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
Smoking is extremely addictive. A study showed 69% of smokers across the board want to quit, but the only thing stopping them is nicotine–the main ingredient in smoking tobacco. When a smoker inhales, nicotine is absorbed into the body and delivered to the brain. This causes the brain to release adrenalin, which creates a buzz of pleasure and energy.Although this feeling does quickly fade, the desire for more remains. Then, as the body develops a higher tolerance to nicotine, more and more nicotine is needed to achieve the same buzz. While this nicotine addiction is pretty much conquered after three months of quitting smoking, many people still struggle because they have positive memories and feelings associated with smoking.