10 Reasons to Quit Smoking

I have smoked before. It was never a pack-a-day addiction, but more like one cigarette a day habit. I have never been addicted to them. I could quit and start back up just like that (snap). I always knew they were bad for me, I just never researched why. Really, I never cared enough to know. I read an article last week on why they were so bad and thought I’d share what I learned.

1. Cigarettes have 4,000+ chemicals in them and about 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. Lead and cadmium, which damage the brain and central nervous system. Lead will lower your IQ and cadmium creates disease in your kidneys and liver. Hydrogen cyanide, which is a gas chamber poison. Acetone, used in nail polish. Butane, used as cigarette lighter fluid. Sulfuric acid, used in car batteries. Polonium, which is about 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide (the gas chamber poison)! These are just a few. Remember, there are 4,000+ chemicals. Look them up!

2. Cigarettes are white because they are rolled in white bleach paper. Bleach, another chemical.

3. Cigarettes are so addicting and it’s not because of the nicotine. It’s because of the overload of heavy toxins in your system. You are needing that fix because your body hasn’t had it’s fix of the toxins that are trapped inside the tar. Smokers need to detox their bodies when quitting, so nutrition is the key to quitting!

4. Most of the tobacco is GMO. This means the bug and weed killer are put in the seeds and grow inside the plant so tobacco can withstand more spraying of Roundup..

5. Cigarette filters are made of microscopic glass shards. These collect in your lungs and damage the soft tissue. That’s why it takes 15 years just for a cigarette butt to disintegrate.

6. Filters were added by the manufacturers as a marketing ploy to trick smokers into thinking they are smoking a safer cigarette. Filters don’t remove enough tar to make cigarettes less dangerous.

7. Cellulose acetate, used to manufacture photo film, is cross weaved into the paper. This makes it burn evenly. FYI: Cigarettes burn at 1700 degrees during inhale!

8. Nicotine is treated with ammonia. Why? It allows the nicotine to reach your heart and brain in just 3 seconds!

9. The typical pack has 20 cigarettes. If you figure you get 10-12 puffs off each cigarette, a pack-a-day smoker puts his/her hand to his/her mouth up to 250 times a day. A two-pack-a-day smoker is up to 500 times a day! That’s why smokers develop a hand-to-mouth habit.

10 The lungs of a smoker collect an annual deposit of tar that is 1/4-1 1/2 pounds of gooey black tar.

According to chemists at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, cigarette smoke is 10,000 times more concentrated than the pollution caused by rush hour traffic on the freeway.

I didn’t even mention the diseases and cancers smoking causes your body. You really can find a whole lot of reasons to quit. If you don’t want to quit smoking, you can always buy organic tobacco and roll your own cigarettes. Much safer. If you do want to quit, research ways to detox your body of the toxins from the cigarettes. Replace your hand-to-mouth habit with water, smoothies, nuts, organic chocolate, etc. Something nutritious; not chips and candy. Just remember, nutrition is the key to quitting!