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Types of Tobacco

There are different types of tobaccos. Their nature, flavour and aroma change from one place to the other. While few types are globally recognised, few belong to the native regions and are not known outside that zone. Chick here to know more.

Facts About Smoking Tobacco

These days, everyone, including tobacco users, pretty much agree that smoking is a bad thing. In fact, smoking has become so taboo within the mainstream media that a lot of people don’t really know much about the habit.
So, in this article we’re going to share a few facts about smoking, not to encourage it, but to offer some insight into an addiction that every year in the US alone claims1 out of 5 deaths, and costs the American taxpayers well over $300 billion in annual health-care expenses.

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Where did it all start?

Many ancient civilizations smoked incense as far back as 7,000 years ago for religious purposes. But the first cases of tobacco smoking are thought to have occurred in South America. Smoking tobacco and other drugs was probably first practiced by shamans to contact the spirit world but was eventually picked up by the general population and used for pleasure or as a social tool. As it spread to North American tribes, tobacco was smoked in a pipe and became widely used there. Many native smokers believed it was a gift from the gods, and that tobacco smoke was capable of curing disease and even carrying thoughts and prayers to heaven.

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When did smoking become 'bad'?

A lot of people throughout history had a feeling that smoking was bad for our health. But it wasn’t until scientist Richard Dahl published research in 1950 that showed the link between smoking and lung cancer that the feeling began to transform into fact. Smoking is slowing being replaced by vaping. People vape liquid that contains no tobacco but does contain liquid nicotine. This liquid is usually referred to as eliquid or ejuice. This ejuice is avaiable in a variety of different strengths and flavors. You can buy ejuice online from vendors like Vape Craft,Inc.

Dahl’s evidence was irrefutable, and the idea that smoking tobacco caused cancer became slowly accepted by pretty much all of society. It still took a while for the rate of people smoking to decline around the world and of course, big tobacco companies did everything they could to crush the data.

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Even the Nazis were against smoking

Many ancient civilizations smoked incense as far back as 7,000 years ago for religious purposes. But the first cases of tobacco smoking are thought to have occurred in South America. Smoking tobacco and other drugs was probably first practiced by shamans to contact the spirit world but was eventually picked up by the general population and used for pleasure or as a social tool. As it spread to North American tribes, tobacco was smoked in a pipe and became widely used there. Many native smokers believed it was a gift from the gods, and that tobacco smoke was capable of curing disease and even carrying thoughts and prayers to heaven.

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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.

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Second-hand smoking

Sometimes called ‘passive smoking,’ this is what happens when someone who isn’t intending to smoke ends up inhaling tobacco smoke anyway. It exposes non-smokers, including children, to exactly the same kind of diseases and disabilities that smokers experience.

But recent scientific evidence has shown this is not true, and people near smokers are in harm’s way too. In fact, one study found that in America, secondhand smoke caused the deaths of 3,000 people every single year. The public’s awareness about the dangers of passive smoking has provided significant motivation for the ban on smoking inside buildings and in public places in many countries around the world. Second-hand smoke has been a huge factor in the introduction and development of smoke-free laws. For many years, smoking was tolerated in public spaces because it was thought that generally, the only person at risk was the smoker himself.

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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.

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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.

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The global decline of smoking

Despite how addictive smoking is, and despite smoking being one of the biggest industries in the world, the number of smokers is falling. In America, the smoking rate has gone from 42% to 15% since 1965, which is a massive drop. The FDA has also stepped in by implementing regulations on vaping supplies and ejuice. Businesses and consumers have started fighting back against these regulations.

A change in social norms, the emergence of anti-smoking laws, along with drastic hikes in the price of a pack of cigarettes have all led to the decline in the habit.And a better-educated public is also a lot more reluctant to starting smoking in the first place. Plus, for the millions of people trying to quit, there are now much better resources and methods available to help wage the fight.

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