World No Tobacco Day – Part 1

Hello World

Do we all know about World No Tobacco Day?
Do we know it has been going since 1988?
Do we know the facts about Tobacco?
Do we know the harm Tobacco is causing?
Do we know how huge the Tobacco industry is?

What does all this mean to us on the street?
Are we ready to learn the real Truth about Tobacco?

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. (1)

WHY is tobacco such a huge threat to the public?
What are we campaigning about this year?
How do we go about taking ‘intensified action’?
Is this type of action going to change anything long-term?

Are we coming up with new ways because we have to do something?
Are we fighting but in truth, not really going anywhere?
Are we employing the same old stuff with new agendas?
Are we coming up with strategies and plans but not making much difference?
Are we being honest that we cannot control the threat of tobacco?

Are our current goals going to make any difference to this global epidemic?
Are our contributions globally really changing anything?

One of the goals for the 2017 campaign is to demonstrate how individuals can contribute by making a sustainable, tobacco-free world by committing to never taking up tobacco products or by quitting the habit.

Well is it that easy?

How come many simply cannot kick the habit?
How do we get past our addictive nature and knock out harmfull substances?

Have we bothered to really study those who are addicted to tobacco?

Do we know why they started taking the stuff in the first place?
Do we need to spend our resources and efforts asking valuable questions?

Are we too busy looking for solutions but not getting to the root cause?
Are we aware that most of us replace one addiction with another?

7 million people die from tobacco use every year.
8 million predicted by 2030. (2)

4.3 million hectares of land, used for growing tobacco each year.
2 – 4% global deforestation every year.

Tobacco growing requires large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic and pollute water supplies.

2 million tons – amount solid waste tobacco manufacturing produces. (2)

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world every year on 31 May.
According to the official website, this yearly celebration informs the public on –

Dangers of using tobacco
Business practices of Tobacco companies
What WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic
What people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
(3)

How many of us know what true health is?
How many of us are choosing to live healthy?
How many of us have different meanings for the word ‘health’?
How healthy are our younger generations today?
How are we raising our kids when it comes to healthy living?
How responsible are we regarding protecting future generations?

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So, what are we actually celebrating after 30 years of campaigning?
What has been going on for the past three decades?

1988 Tobacco or Health: Choose Health
1989 Women and Tobacco: The Female Smoker: at Added Risk
1990 Childhood and Youth without Tobacco: Growing Up Without Tobacco
1991 Public Places and Transport: Better be Tobacco Free
1992 Tobacco Free Workplaces: Safer and Healthier
1993 Health Services: Our Windows to a Tobacco Free World
1994 Media and Tobacco: Get the Message Across
1995 Tobacco Costs More Than You Think
1996 Sport and Art without Tobacco: Play it Tobacco Free
1997 United for a Tobacco Free World
1998 Growing up without Tobacco
1999 Leave the Pack Behind
2000 Tobacco Kills, Don’t be Duped
2001 Second-Hand Smoke Kills
2002 Tobacco Free Sports
2003 Tobacco Free Film, Tobacco Free Fashion
2004 Tobacco and Poverty: A Vicious Circle
2005 Health Professionals against Tobacco
2006 Tobacco: Deadly in any Form or Disguise
2007 Smoke Free Inside
2008 Tobacco-Free Youth
2009 Tobacco Health Warnings
2010 Gender and Tobacco with an Emphasis on Marketing to Women
2011 The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
2012 Tobacco Industry Interference
2013 Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
2014 Raise Taxes on Tobacco
2015 Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products
2016 Get Ready for Plain Packaging
2017 Tobacco – a Threat to Development
(3)

What is Tobacco?

Concise Oxford English Dictionary tells us –

A preparation of the dried and fermented nicotine-rich leaves of an American plant, used for smoking or chewing. (4)

Tobacco-Related Disorders

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth edition

Tobacco Use Disorder
Tobacco Withdrawal
Other Tobacco-Induced Disorders
Unspecified Tobacco-Related Disorder

Tobacco Use Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

A problematic pattern of tobacco use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by at least two of the following, occurring within a 12-month period:

1. Tobacco is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
2. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control tobacco use.
3. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain or use tobacco.
4. Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use tobacco.
5. Recurrent tobacco use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home (e.g., interference at work).
6. Continued tobacco use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of tobacco (e.g., arguments with others about tobacco use).
7. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of tobacco use.
8. Recurrent tobacco use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., smoking in bed).
9. Tobacco use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by tobacco.
10. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
a. A need for markedly increased amounts of tobacco to achieve the desired effect.
b. A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of tobacco.
11. Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
a. The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for tobacco (refer to Criteria A and B or the criteria set for tobacco withdrawal).
b. Tobacco (or a closely related substance, such as nicotine) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Tobacco Withdrawal

Diagnostic Criteria

A. Daily use of tobacco for at least several weeks.
B. Abrupt cessation of tobacco use, or reduction in the amount of tobacco used, followed within 24 hours by four (or more) of the following signs or symptoms:

1. Irritability, frustration, or anger.
2. Anxiety.
3. Difficulty concentrating.
4. Increased appetite.
5. Restlessness.
6. Depressed mood.
7. Insomnia.

C. The signs or symptoms in Criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
D. The signs or symptoms are not attributed to another medical condition and are not better explained by another mental disorder, including intoxication or withdrawal from another substance.

Diagnostic Features

Withdrawal symptoms impair the ability to stop tobacco use. The symptoms after abstinence from tobacco are in large part due to nicotine deprivation. Symptoms are much more intense among individuals who smoke cigarettes or use smokeless tobacco than among those who use nicotine medications. This difference in symptom intensity is likely due to the more rapid onset and higher levels of nicotine with cigarette smoking. Tobacco withdrawal is common among daily tobacco users who stop or reduce but can also occur among nondaily users. Typically, heart rate decreases by 5-12 beats per minute in the first few days after stopping smoking, and weight increases an average of 2-3 kg over the first year after stopping smoking.
Tobacco withdrawal can produce clinically significant mood changes and functional impairment.

Associated Features Supporting Diagnosis

Craving for sweet or sugary foods and impaired performance on tasks requiring vigilance are associated with tobacco withdrawal. Abstinence can increase constipation, coughing, dizziness, dreaming/nightmares, nausea, and sore throat. Smoking increases the metabolism of many medications used to treat mental disorders; thus, cessation of smoking can increase the blood levels of these medications, and this can produce clinically significant outcomes. This effect appears to be due not to nicotine but rather to other compounds in tobacco.

Other Tobacco-Induced Disorders

Tobacco-induced sleep disorder.

So here we have the kingpins who wrote the book – American Psychiatric Association telling us what the real harm of Tobacco is.

Taken word for word from the manual, we can say that coming off tobacco is not easy.

For those who do, check out the symptoms above that may occur and again it confirms why it is so hard to come off any substance that is addictive.

How many of us then go from one addiction to another?
How many of us give up smoking but need the nicotine in another form?
How many of us are aware that we have become so dependent on this drug?
How many of us can admit that tobacco is a mind-altering substance?

How many of us know someone who gives up fags and moves onto something else?
How many of us are honest enough to say we get the sugar munchies if we stop smoking?
How many of us go from chewing tobacco to constantly wanting to chew non-stop?
How many of us realise that tobacco is seriously affecting our mind and body?

History of Tobacco

Tobacco has been growing wild in the Americas for nearly 8000 years.
2000 years ago, tobacco began to be chewed and smoked during cultural or religious events. (5)

Tobacco was the first crop grown for money in North America.
1612 – 1st American colony settlers in Virginia grew tobacco as a cash crop. (6)

1531 – Tobacco grown first time in Europe.
1600 – Tobacco use spread across England and Europe and used as monetary standard.
1602 – Anonymous English author published essay where smoking was being linked to ill health.
(5)

1700’s – Smoking more widespread and a tobacco industry had been developed.

1795 – German physician reported awareness of cancers of the lip in pipe smokers.

1798 – US physician Benjamin Rush wrote on medical dangers of tobacco. (5)

1865 – First commercial hand rolled cigarettes were made and sold to soldiers.

1881 – Invention of the cigarette machine which could make 120,000 cigarettes a day. (6)

1920’s – First medical reports linking smoking to lung cancer began to appear.
Many newspaper editors refused to report these findings as Tobacco companies advertised heavily in the media.

During World Wars, allied troops were provided free cigarettes as a ‘morale boosting’ exercise. (5)

Has it ever crossed our minds WHY on earth would our soldiers be given a toxic substance that alters their natural state?

Could it be possible that we as a race of beings are not designed to be in combat with other fellow humans?

Could it be possible that the increase in cigarette smoking during the war was needed to keep our troops dis-connected from their very essence, so they could carry out an un-natural task of harming or killing other fellow human beings?

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Types of Tobacco

Aromatic Fire-cured
Bright Leaf
Burley
Cavendish
Criollo
Dokham
Oriental
Perique
Shade
White Burley
Wild Tobacco
Y1
Some strains have been specifically crossbred to produce high nicotine levels. (7)

Key Facts

Six trillion – 6,000,000,000,000 cigarettes are smoked every year. (8)

Tobacco kills up to half of its users
Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year
Over 1 billion smokers in the world
80% of these smokers live in low and middle income countries
(1)

Cigarette smoke contains arsenic, cyanide and radioactive isotopes.
Cigarettes are freebased with ammonia to turn them into a kind of crack nicotine.
Cigarettes contain about 66% tobacco; the rest is made up of

  • added sugars
  • burn accelerants
  • freebasing agents
  • bronchial dilators
  • moisteners like glycerine or diethylene glycol
  • some cigarettes contain dirt, mold, worms, wire and insect excrement (8)

Leading Cause of Death, Illness & Impoverishment

We now know, the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.

In some countries, children from poor households are frequently employed in tobacco farming to provide family income. These children are especially vulnerable to “green tobacco sickness”, which is caused by the nicotine that is absorbed through the skin from the handling of wet tobacco leaves. (1)

Second Hand Smoke

4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke
250 are known to be harmful
50 known to cause cancer

There is no safe level of exposure to second hand tobacco smoke. (1)

Smoke can stay in the air for up to 2.5 hours even with a window open. (9)

In adults, second hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer.
In infants, it causes sudden death.
In pregnant women, it causes low birth weight.
(1)

Children who breathe in second hand smoke have an increased risk of asthma and coughs and colds, as well as cot death, meningitis and ear infections. (9)

890,000 non-smokers die due to second hand smoke. (1)

50,000 Americans die from exposure to second hand smoke every year – more than auto accidents. (8)

Second hand smoke exposure remains a major problem.

15 – 50% of the population in most countries estimated to be exposed to second hand smoke.

70% of the population in some countries affected by second hand smoke exposure. (10)

Smoking in Pregnancy

4D Ultra scans have found foetuses of mothers’ who smoke have significantly higher rate of mouth and touch movements than the normal declining rate of movement usually seen in older foetuses. (11)
Researchers at Durham and Lancaster Universities, UK

The abnormal development of the foetal central nervous system in smokers is given as a reason why this has occurred. The central nervous system controls movements in general, including facial movements and it is suggested that this may not develop at the same rate and in the same way as foetuses of non-smokers.

Foetal facial movement patterns differ significantly between foetuses of mothers who smoked compared to those of mothers who did not smoke.

Our findings concur with others that stress and depression have a significant impact on foetal movements and need to be controlled for, but additionally these results point to the fact that nicotine exposure per se has an effect on foetal development over and above the effects of stress and depression.
A larger study is needed to confirm these results and to investigate specific effects, including the interaction of maternal stress and smoking.
Dr. Nadia Reissland – Department of Psychology, Durham University (11)

Technology means we can now see what was previously hidden, revealing how smoking affects the development of the foetus in ways we did not realise. This is yet further evidence of the negative effects of smoking in pregnancy.
Professor Brian Francis – Lancaster University, UK (11)

The researchers stressed that their research was a pilot study and that larger studies were needed to confirm and further understand the relationship between maternal smoking, stress, depression and foetal development.

Dr. Nadia Reissland speaks about the study in this link –

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1169414/Dr-Reissland-explains-science-ultrasound-scans.html

Hello – can we just stop and press the pause button here?

If we simply apply common sense after reading this bit about smoking during pregnancy – would it be true to say that it has harmfull effects to the tiny baby?

These babies are our future generations and they are showing signs of movement that clearly states their nervous system is being affected. Bit obvious really, as this is going on inside the body of the mother, who of course has her nervous system stimulated because she is smoking.

In other words, it is all inter-connected and there is no getting away from this immutable fact.

How much more further studies and research and research are we demanding to prove more and more of what we already know?

Are we in some way delaying the obvious by saying larger studies are needed for more of this and that and all the time this is going on we are at the mercy of science trying to tell us what we all innately know and that is SMOKING IS HARMFULL?

Would it be more wise and beneficial if we demanded research into WHY those who smoke started smoking in the first place?

Would that eventually get us to the root cause of why our youth are turning to smoking at such a young age?

Quit Smoking

Cigarettes are addictive and so it is very hard to quit.
Nicotine rewires the brain, creating a pharmacologic dependency as strong as that from heroin or opium. The result for most users is a profound inability to quit – which is why some victims end up smoking through holes punched in their throats.

Tobacco is not a recreational drug. (8)

Studies show few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use.

2009 survey in China
62% smokers did not know smoking causes coronary heart disease.
73% did not know smoking causes stroke.

Only 24 countries, representing 15% of the world’s population have national comprehensive cessation services available, with full or partial cost-coverage to assist tobacco users to quit.

Studies in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand show that warnings with pictures increase people’s awareness of the harms of tobacco use. (1)

Taxes

Tobacco taxes are reported as the most cost-effective way to reduce tobacco use, especially among young and poor people.

A tax increase that increases tobacco prices by 10% decreases tobacco consumption by about 4% in high-income countries and 5% in low and middle income countries.

Only 33 countries with 10% of the world’s population have introduced taxes on tobacco products so that more than 75% of the retail price is tax. (1)

Illicit (Tax Evasion) Tobacco Trade

The illicit trade in tobacco products poses major health, economic and security concerns around the world.

1 in 10 cigarettes and tobacco products consumed globally, estimated to be illicit.

The illicit market is supported by petty peddlers to organised criminal networks involved in arms and human trafficking. (1)

The illegal trade undermines the effectiveness of efforts to reduce smoking.

The existence of an illicit trade in tobacco products reduces the effectiveness of tobacco control measures because:

  • Illicit tobacco is often available at cheaper prices.
  • Cheap tobacco makes it easier for non-smokers to start and ex-smokers to relapse.
  • Illegal tobacco is available from a range of sources within some local communities, which makes it easier for children to start smoking and enabling them to be hooked at a young age.

The illicit tobacco trade is often part of organised criminal activity and is linked to other illegal trades including alcohol, drug smuggling, people trafficking and DVD production.

There is evidence that illicit tobacco trade funds terrorism (12)

The following is from The Journal of International Security.

To the uninitiated, it is easy to think of illegal tobacco as something harmlessly sold in the back of a neighbourhood convenience store or street corner.
The reality is far more deadly.

The US State Department, Interpol, the United Nations and others view illegal tobacco as a worldwide epidemic that funds criminal and terrorist organisations.

It is estimated that as much as 20 per cent of the financing currently funding global terror groups is derived from the illegal tobacco trade, with 15 of the world’s largest terrorist organisations engaged in trading illicit tobacco.

The relative ease of smuggling cigarettes and the lack of heavy penalties for those caught, is allowing militant groups to easily rake in high profits.

France’s Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism (CAT) have found that many extremist groups are able to trade tobacco illegally using the guise of humanitarian aid.

France is the number one country in Europe for the illicit trade of cigarettes.
9 billion cigarettes being imported illegally in 2014 alone.

Cigarettes sold on the black market are manufactured in unsanitary illegal factories and are made with substances such as sawdust and worse.

Smugglers respect no laws, so their dangerous products can easily make their way into the hands of minors.

2006 – The World Health Organization estimated 600 billion cigarettes were illegally traded. (13)

So, what is the real true figure today – 11 years later?

Smoking and Mental Health

Research from British Heart Foundation

Smoking’s soothing effects are short lived.
Smoking actually contributes to poorer mental health over time.
70% – smokers more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

Smoking associated with deficits in executive function –

Ability to plan and execute tasks
Focus our attention
Ignore distractions
Organise memory between long term and the here and now

Increased negative mental health effects occur when people drink alcohol and smoke excessively.
Alcohol dependent individuals who smoke cigarettes show greater neuropsychological damage than those who do not smoke.
This includes memory deficits, the ability to think quickly and efficiently and problem solving tasks.
Thomas Heffernan – Professor of Psychology, Northumbria University (14)

Smokers experience irritability, anxiety and depression when they have not smoked for a while and these feelings are reliably relieved by smoking, thus creating the perception that smoking has psychological benefits – while in fact it is smoking that caused these psychological disturbances in the first place.
British Medical Journal Study, 2014

Both quantitative and qualitative analyses indicate that regular smokers report smoking cigarettes to alleviate emotional problems and feelings of depression and anxiety, to stabilise mood and for relaxation as well as relieving stress. (15)

HELLO

Can we stop and join the dots here again?

It is a well known fact that smoking is seriously harmfull and cigarette packets and advertisements display big bold signs saying SMOKING KILLS.

So, what is really going on if regular smokers are saying they get benefits from smoking, as it helps to lighten the severity of their emotional problems and feelings of anxiety and depression?

WHY on earth would they want to give up something that relaxes them and stabilizes their mood?

WHY would anyone give up a substance they think is relieving their stress levels?

Could it be possible that smoking dis-connects us from our body?
Could it be possible that we feel a void and we use smoking to not feel it?
Could it be possible that our deep feelings of emptiness are covered up with smoking?
Could it be possible that smoking gives us a false breath instead of our true breath?
Could it be possible that smoking simply makes us numb?

Could it be possible the nicotine stops us feeling what there is to be felt?
In other words, it does the band aid job, where we do not have to deal with our buried issues that keep wanting to surface?

Could it be possible that we actually prefer to choose a substance to kill us rather than deal with our buried hurts that caused us to smoke in the first place?

Is this too way off and a random statement or could there be some simple truth here?

Smoking usually starts as teenagers.
It is rare for anyone to start smoking after their teen years:
People become smokers as children, when they cannot make ‘an adult choice’.
Whatever choice they do make is then compromised by the grip of addiction.
(8)

What exactly is this telling us?
WHY is it rare to start smoking any other time in our lives?

Can we read between the lines or is it plain and obvious?
Researchers are telling us that smoking starts with teenagers.
How scary is it to know this startling truth about our youth?
Have we asked any smoker to get this confirmed?
What on earth is going on for our young generation?
Does it have something to do with the pressures of modern life?

Are our teens a difficult time as we are no longer children?
Are our teenagers feeling the pressures of becoming an adult?
Are they simply feeling lost and empty and cigarettes fill that void?
Are they under stress to be on the ‘in crowd’ and light up a fag?
Are they not so cool if they don’t smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol?
Are they seeking relief from the misery they feel inside themselves?

Are we ready to become role models for our children who will be the future generations in our world?

Are we ready to take Responsibility and truly educate ourselves about the real harm of tobacco and WHY this industry is still booming in the 21st century?

Are we ready to stop blaming the government, the tobacco giants and the world and its brothers for allowing this toxic poison to harm us and our precious planet?

As with everything, we do have a choice and no one puts a gun to our head to start smoking.

The industry is supplying what we are demanding. We buy it without knowing the real harm.

Are we ready to take action by living in a way that brings no harm to the human frame to the best of our ability in everyday life?

Are we ready to take RESPONSIBILITY for all the choices we are making and this in turn will inspire others to do the same?

Do we each hold the answers within us for some of our major global issues facing us today like –

Alcohol
Asthma
Cancer
Chronic Fatigue
Climate Change
Cyber Abuse
Depression
Diabetes
Drugs
Earthquakes
Female Genital Mutilation
Heartburn
High Blood Pressure
Human Trafficking
Kidney Disease
Mental Health
Our Youth
Raynaud’s
Sleep Issues
Suicide

Dear World

Are we ready to wake up to the fact that these statistics and facts below are real and they are all out of date and so the figures are actually higher?

No let’s ADD to that – all the numbers that never make it to a statistic.
In other words, the stuff that stays under the radar.

Are we aware of how BIG the tobacco industry really is and WHY it is booming?

Would it be fair to say that there are people making heaps of money on a product that is killing us, if the annual profit 3 years ago was $16 billion?

Who is really profiting here and are we winning as a race of beings if this is how we view human life?

If human life is not considered then where does this leave our precious planet Earth?

GLOBAL

$1,000,000,000,000 – one trillion US dollars
Tobacco industry’s annual revenues (16)

44% market share – largest cigarette producer
43% – amount of tobacco it cultivates on Earth
$91,700,000,000 annual income
$16,000,000,000 annual profit
(2014)

$39,100,000,000 – highest net sales from a Tobacco company (2012)

4.5 trillion of the estimated annual 6 trillion cigarettes consumed globally are deposited as butts somewhere into the environment each year.

This material comprises the largest percentage of waste – collected globally during the coastal clean ups each year.
Thomas E. Novotny and Elli Slaughter, San Diego State University, 2014 (16)

80% smokers are men
25,000,000 youth smoke cigarettes
(10)

Countries where average smoker smokes more than 30 cigarettes a day

Belarus
Mauritania
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Slovakia
Yemen
(16)

2,000 – 3,500 cigarettes smoked per person in one year

Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia & Herzegovina
China
Czech Republic
Greece
Hong Kong
Kazakhstan
Korea Republic
Russian Federation
(16)
2014 figures of people aged 15 and over

CHINA

Chinese market consumes more cigarettes than all other low and middle income countries combined. (16)

350,000,000 smokers
210,000,000 are men
350 million is more than the entire population of USA
(17)

2,500,000,000,000 cigarettes smoked per year. (18)

USA

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death. (19)

Deaths

The risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years.

1 in 5 estimated deaths caused by smoking cigarettes.
480,000 deaths each year.

Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined

HIV
Illegal Drug use
Alcohol use
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Firearm Related Incidents

10 times as many citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than they have died in ALL the wars fought by the USA. (19)

Lung Disease

90% of all lung cancer deaths is caused by smoking.

80% all deaths from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, caused by smoking.

Estimates show smoking increases the risk of men and women developing lung cancer by 25 times.

Cardiovascular Disease

Smoking causes stroke and coronary heart disease, which are among the leading causes of death in the USA.

Even people who smoke less than 5 cigarettes a day can have early signs of cardiovascular disease. (19)

High Blood Pressure

Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower.
Our heart beats faster and our blood pressure goes up.

Cancer

Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in our body.

1 in 3 deaths in USA would not happen if nobody smoked.

Teeth and Gums

Smoking affects the health of our teeth and gums and can cause tooth loss.

Eyes

Smoking can increase the risk of cataracts. It can also cause age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is damage to a small spot near the centre of the retina, the part of the eye needed for central vision. (19)

Diabetes

Smoking is a cause of Type 2 Diabetes and can make it harder to control.
30-40% higher risk of developing Diabetes for active smokers than non-smokers.

Other

Smoking causes general adverse effects on our body, including inflammation and decreased immune function.

Smoking is also a cause of rheumatoid arthritis.

Pregnancy

Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant.

It can also affect the baby’s health before and after birth. (19)

400,000 babies born every year to mothers who smoke during pregnancy.
20,000 spontaneous abortions estimated caused by smoking. (8)

Fires

700 killed by cigarette fires every year. (8)

BRAZIL

It takes 6 years for a Tobacco farmer to earn what a Tobacco company director earns in one day.

A Tobacco farmer would need to work 2,140 years to earn the equivalent of a Tobacco company director’s annual salary. (17)

AUSTRALIA

2012

First country to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products. (20)

2014 – 2015

2,600,000 people smoked daily
16.9% males
12.1% women
(21)

1,800,000 smokers will die from smoking. (22)

2020 – pack cigarettes will cost AUS $40 / US $30. (23)

JAPAN

In preparation for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan due to pass strictest ever smoking laws.

Government officials have questioned link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer.

2015

World Health Organization gave Japan’s efforts to eradicate second-hand smoke its lowest rating, calling into question whether the country would be considered a responsible one according to the Tobacco-Free Olympics body, in time for the 2020 Games. (24)

UK

2017

From 20th May all cigarettes now come in plain packaging.
No misleading information such as ‘low tar’ or ‘organic’ to be allowed.
Ban now in operation on flavoured cigarettes and flavoured rolling tobacco.

Smoking is still the single largest preventable cause of death in the UK and kills around 96,000 people every year – this cannot continue.
Alison Cox – Director of Prevention, Cancer Research UK (25)

2012 – 2014

136,500 children aged 11 – 15 started smoking
That’s more than 370 per day

EUROPE

Many low – middle income countries have a high smoking prevalence and heavy burdens of disease due to tobacco use. (10)

1994 – an unsolicited box containing several thousand pages of documents from a Tobacco Corporation arrived at Professor Stanton Glantz’s office. The documents revealed the private view of the Tobacco Industry’s thoughts and actions, which differed to the public image presented by the industry over the previous 30 years.

The Tobacco industry used 3 primary arguments to prevent government regulation of its products and to defend itself in products liability lawsuits.

  1. Tobacco companies claimed consistently ‘no conclusive proof that smoking causes diseases such as cancer and heart disease’.
  2. Smoking is not addictive and that anyone that smokes makes a ‘free choice to do so’.
  3. Companies claimed they are ‘committed to determining the scientific truth’ about the health effects of tobacco by internal research and funding external research.

By not admitting tobacco is addictive and that it causes disease, the Tobacco industry have been able to resist efforts to regulate its products.

By arguing that cigarette smoking is from ‘individual choice’ – they blame the consumer.

The Tobacco companies involved recognised nicotine as an addictive drug and that people smoke to maintain a target level of nicotine in their bodies. They actively worked to identify and remove the specific toxins in tobacco smoke that cause a number of diseases.
‘Privately’ they recognised smoking causes disease.

When U.S. Surgeon General Advisory Committee were preparing the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking, the Tobacco companies withheld the above information.

When it became clear that a “safe” cigarette could not be developed, Tobacco industry lawyers took more control of scientific research as a way to protect the companies from product liability lawsuits.
This took precedence over public health.  (26)

There is no question that the Tobacco companies regarded nicotine’s pharmalogical (drug) effects as key to the intended smoking experience.

One Tobacco company sought to avoid generating any new research results confirming smoking causes disease or that nicotine is addictive. Furthermore, they sought to avoid affiliation with or even knowledge of such results.
They also sought to prevent the distribution/disclosure of such results.

When the University of California was sued by a company demanding that the documents Professor Glantz received be returned, the judge refused stating this was in the Public Interest. They were placed into a library for public reading.

As a result of subsequent papers written by Dr. Glantz and his team, Bill Clinton used them as part of his decision making process to ask the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to propose regulations of nicotine as an addictive drug and cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. (26)

For decades tobacco companies have killed more Americans than all the armies, terrorists and criminals combined.
Ronald L. Numbers – Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin

100 million people died of smoking related diseases in the 20th century; in the next 100 years, we expect 1 billion deaths worldwide.
Allan M. Brandt – Professor of the History of Medicine & Science – Harvard University

One of the most important discoveries of the last century was to demonstrate scientifically that cigarette smoking causes serious disease and death. Simple logic suggests that the dramatic rise in cigarette smoking must be correlated with the finding in 1946 that lung cancer cases had tripled over the previous three decades. But this seemingly obvious epidemiological conclusion was delayed by decades of medical and public debate, largely fuelled by the tobacco industry.
As a result, this knowledge – this fact– was not easily accepted. (27)

Medical concern about the health effects of tobacco dates back to its earliest use, long before the rise of the cigarette.
The first research, conducted in the 18th century, centred on nicotine and its impact. The longstanding knowledge that, in its purified form, a drop of nicotine could kill helped sustain the antagonisms of the 19th century anti-tobacco movement.

Early researchers explored the chemical composition of tobacco smoke. Their studies typically found carbonic acid and “a series of elements, which with almost no exception, are poisonous”:
Nicotine, hydronic acid, carbon monoxide and pyridine.

R. Kissling, “The Chemistry of Tobacco,” Scientific American Supplement, November 25, 1905, 24999 and Johannes Wilbert, “Tobacco and Shamanism in South America,” Psychoactive Plants of the World, eds. Richard Evans Schultes and Robert F. Raffauf
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1987). (27)

There are biologically active materials present in cigarette tobacco. These are

a) cancer causing
b) cancer promoting
c) poisonous
d) stimulating, pleasurable and flavourful 

Arthur D. Little, “L & M – A Perspective Review,” March 15, 1961, Bates No. 2021382496/2498; Cipollone, http:/legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ffn23e00. (27)

Nicotine is a toxic poison and is highly addictive. (28)

Nicotine is the addictive agent in cigarettes.

Nicotine affects the nervous system and the heart. (29)

Nicotine is used in pesticides.

Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict.

Nicotine slows down production of osteoblasts (bone producing cells).

Nicotine hinders the release of insulin from the pancreas leaving smokers in a state of hyperglycaemia.

Nicotine easily crosses the placental barrier and can be detected in both foetal circulation and amniotic fluid.

Nicotine accumulates in breast milk and seems to affect sleep patterns in nursing infants.

Nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke hinder spinal disc cells from absorbing vital nutrients in the blood. This leads to premature dehydration and degeneration of spinal discs.

Nicotine stops apoptosis, a process that removes unwanted cells in the body. Since some of the cells targeted by apoptosis are mutations that might become cancerous, inhibiting this important function may contribute to life threatening diseases. (28)

Nicotine and the Blood Brain Barrier

The blood brain barrier is a physiological barrier between the circulatory system and the central nervous system that establishes a privileged blood supply, restricting the flow of substances into the central nervous system. (30)

However, some substances can get through the Blood Brain Barrier –

Passive diffusion:
Fat-soluble substances dissolve in the cell membrane and cross the barrier –
Alcohol, Nicotine and Caffeine.

Water-soluble substances such as penicillin have difficulty in getting through.

Active transport:
Substances that the brain needs such as glucose and amino acids are carried across by special transport proteins.

Receptor-mediated transport:
Molecules link up to receptors on the surface of the brain and are escorted through for example insulin.
(31)

In both pre-clinical and clinical studies, psycho-stimulants including

Methamphetamine
MDMA
Cocaine
Nicotine

produce Blood Brain Barrier dysfunction through alterations in tight junction protein expression and conformation, increased glial activation, increased enzyme activation related to Blood Brain Barrier cytoskeleton remodelling and induction of neuroinflammatory pathways.

These detrimental changes lead to increased permeability of the Blood Brain Barrier and subsequent vulnerability of the brain to peripheral toxins. (32)

Nicotine is a toxic substance which because of its lipid solubility can cross the Blood Brain Barrier.
It has several different actions in the Central Nervous System, one of which is neuroexcitation where it can result in seizure activity. (33)

Nicotine is a soluble small molecule that rapidly diffuses through the Blood Brain Barrier and can interact directly with nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on brain endothelial cells. (32)

Effects of Nicotine on the Body

Decreased appetite
Mood elevation
Increased heart rate
Increased blood pressure
Nausea
Diarrhoea

Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal

Intense cravings
Anxiety
Depression
Headaches
Increased appetite
Difficulty concentrating
(29)

Acute exposure to nicotine through the skin or ingestion can also be harmful.
If ingested, nicotine is rapidly absorbed by the small intestine and typically produces symptoms between 15 minutes and 4 hours AFTER exposure.

Death may occur within one hour of severe exposure.

Numerous cases of nicotine poisoning have been documented since the early 20th century when nicotine was used as a pesticide.

Exposure to liquid nicotine was relatively rare until the newfound popularity of e-cigarettes.

There are a variety of ways to consume nicotine.
Some methods are currently regulated such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and nicotine replacement therapy.

Other methods such as e-cigarettes and nicotine candy are currently unregulated in most countries, yet the products are growing in popularity. Because of its addictiveness and the other known harms of nicotine, a framework is needed to regulate all nicotine delivery systems in a manner consistent with the harm that they cause. (29)

Here is a list of Tobacco products –

Bidis

Chew (smokeless tobacco)
Chewing tobacco is associated with a high risk of cancers in the mouth and throat. (34)

Cigarettes

Cigars, Cigarillos and Little Cigars

Dip (smokeless tobacco)

Dissolvable Tobacco

Electronic Cigarettes or E-Cigarette (Nicotine Delivery System)

Hookah – pipe used to smoke Shisha

Kreteks

Pipe

Smokeless Tobacco

Snuff (smokeless tobacco)

Snus (smokeless tobacco)

Spit Tobacco (smokeless tobacco)

So here are some tobacco products and we all know people who use them.
Have we bothered to stop and ask –

WHY are there so many more shisha bars opening up everywhere?
WHY are there e-cigarette shops popping up on the local high street?
WHY are our people doing long hours in the restaurant trade smoking?
WHY is the Tobacco industry booming after smoking bans in public places?
WHY is the Tobacco business in Truth not concerned about public health?

WHY are we so complacent that we just accept things as they are and let the researchers keep researching and let the billion dollar corporations do what they want to make profits?

346,000,000 adults in the world use smokeless tobacco products.
13,000,000 youth worldwide use smokeless tobacco products.
Smokeless tobacco use may be undercounted globally due to scarcity of data. (10)

There is NO safe form of Tobacco use.
All forms of Tobacco contain nicotine. (35)

HELLO

Is this a warning or a sign that we need to pay attention to?
Is it too late to do anything for those who are addicted and see no way out?
Is it going to change anything if we swap cigarettes for another form of nicotine?
Is it time to go back a few steps and start educating our young children?
Is it high time we put this on our teaching curriculum for kids?
Is it wise to inform and educate our youth so they are aware of the real harm?
Is it sensible to share real life videos of those suffering because of smoking?

Is this the Intelligence that we need that would turn the tides once and for all?

Dear World

Anyone in their right mind, even a young child knows that smoking is not good for us and yet it continues.

We have come up with more and more ways to deal with this huge global issue that has been around for a very long time.

If we simply join the dots and put our common sense hat on – would it be true to say that we have not got to the root cause of WHY people choose to take tobacco in the first place?

Is this “free will’ business, do what you like, when you like cutting it when you read articles like this?

Are we ready to take any RESPONSIBILITY for what is going on in our world?

Do we need to start with our teenagers and find out what leads them to get hooked on nicotine?

Do we need to go one step before that and ask what is actually going on for our young children that some are seeking tobacco in their teens?

Do we need to unite and stop this deeply harmfull substance, which is literally killing us?

Nothing is really working, so is it time to get back to the people and ask them what on earth is going on in their lives that makes them want to take a substance called tobacco that contains nicotine, which goes directly into the brain and harms us?

Do we as a race of beings have ALL the answers?
Are we looking in the wrong places?

Are the answers that we are asking our researchers for already inside ALL of us?

Could it be that simple?
Could there be another way to end the use of Tobacco in our world?

There is much more to read and research about this subject and it would be a dis-service to present one article in the form of a blog and leave it at that.
There is more to report and present on the Real Truth about Tobacco – Part 2
31 May 2018.

AND Finally, let us all ponder on this quote from a wise man who seems to know what he is on about –

If your mind is able to allow you to smoke cigarettes, take drugs and drink alcohol, whom does the mind really belong to if you then consider that the body has to suffer the consequences of those ill choices?
Serge Benhayon, Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, p.573

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  1. I remember when there were individuals suing tobacco companies and winning huge sums of money.
    I was relieved that finally the tobacco companies were being held responsible for their actions. I assumed that this would bankrupt them and finally we could get rid of tobacco.

    It basically changed nothing. Even though it was obvious that the tobacco company’s were creating a product that hurt people they continued to flourish.

    So how can this happen?
    Maybe going after the tobacco companies is the wrong approach?
    It is so easy to blame them, but they are just producing a product that our world is demanding.

    It is time to take responsibility for what we have created. A world were we need a product like tobacco to live in.
    Maybe it is time to do something really different.

    Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine is presenting a way of life that makes sense to me and has turned my life around.
    Just by making simple, obvious changes in how I live and doing them consistently.

    It is all about living in a way that honours myself and the world around me.

  2. I overheard two men discussing their addiction to cigarettes with each other:

    They expressed and agreed that no matter what was going on, no matter how stressed or unhappy they may be… when they light up and take a puff of a cigarette “..everything is fine…”.
    They were laughing in an ironic way, saying that they know cigarettes can’t ‘fix’ anything, they know it is killing them, they want to quit but the illusion of ‘everything being OK’ is so alluring.

    In the opposite way, when I do exercises to support body awareness I always discover if I am tired even if I had been buzzing around feeling full of energy and when I give a tender and present massage session to somone they often comment afterward that they feel more tired than when they got on the table…

    So is it possible that smoking numbs or blocks our awareness of what is going on (the condition in which we are in as understood through our body) and that there are some things we can do instead that can support us to be more aware of where we are at and of what we are, in truth, feeling?

    Can we address any issue, problem or unhappiness while we are working not to be aware of it?

  3. I’m kind of stunned. There is so much here to consider.

    The thing that is has smacked me in the face the most about this blog is the realisation about our teens. I can absolutely believe that most people start smoking in their teens and not otherwise.

    Surely we start here.

  4. “Cigarettes are addictive and so it is very hard to quit…
    …which is why some victims end up smoking through holes punched in their throats.”

    I found this really hard to believe so I looked it up.

    It is true – people are so addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes that even after having large sections of their throat cut away due to throat cancer, they will keep smoking by putting the lit cigarettes into the breathing hole that has been cut in their throat.

    One lady who does this describes smoking as having a ‘Siamese twin’ embracing you so ‘everything’s going to be alright’.

    What is it about human life that has us turning to known poisons day after day, to give us some relief?

    Where are we at if we are so desperate we will smoke through a hole in our throats?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/411218.stm

    1. Wow .. I just read your link Jennifer. Surely it is time we started to ask why?

      Why are we taking this poison into our bodies at such an expense to our health ?

      Why the dependency?

      What are we trying to get away from.. cover?

  5. One of your points is that second hand smoking kills. This happened to a relative of mine, they never smoked but lived with someone who did.. they died from lung cancer.

    I remember the first time I tried a cigarette, I was in my teens and my friends smoked when we went out so I tried it, I felt like I was never going to be able to breath again, like I had been punched in the chest and winded, it was awful. I didn’t have another cigarette until my twenties when I encouraged by a boyfriend. I started and got hooked. Being an asthmatic anyway it really aggravated my condition, the stimulation on my nervous system would give me a tremor. 5 years on I was then n roll ups, my asthma worse, using my inhaler more and now developing a cough. Enough was enough and I stopped. I am so glad I did, the cough went, my asthma improved a lot, my nervous system calmed.. to name just a few benefits. Why did I start? … I smoked to fit in and be accepted but my body so clearly was saying No from day one.

    I was shocked to read the ingredients you have listed that are in cigarettes and to know that I was taking that into my body everyday for 5 years. This gives me a greater understanding of the ongoing problems smoking causes, and why so many people die from tobacco use.

  6. What a great blog. If this was published when I was young would I have taken up smoking? Definitely not! Thankfully I am now an ex smoker, but this blog puts into perspective how dis-connected our world is when it comes to the use of stimulants.

    I know when I smoked there was always a trigger point – someone upset me, I was stressed with something in my life or when I was exhausted. Smokers always say they need a cigarette to calm down. But does it? ABSOLUTLEY NOT! If anything your body cops it and the “Overwhelm becomes even more intense”.

    What I now know, it was not just the addiciton of me smoking but “the addiction of chosing not to Feel and be honest where my life was heading”. Once I Stopped it made me realise there was another way to Live and I have never looked back.

    I will definitely re-visit this blog “Pure Gold”.

  7. Do people really understand the consequences of smoking cigarettes?

    It amazes me that people take up smoking even with all the decades of research and experiences all around us.

    So we have created a world were we feel in order to survive we have to do things that deep down we know will create a life of misery for ourselves and our family.

    It is time to wake up and do something different.

    Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine has been presenting a way of living for over 15 years that has allowed me and many others to get back to a place were we would not even consider doing anything to harm ourselves.

    It is worth checking it out.

  8. Absolutely stunning blog.
    I have never read a blog or article about tobacco that has so much information, and that is delivered with truth and authority.

    It is interesting that tobacco use grew in the 50’s onwards and at the same time in the UK the NHS was born.
    The NHS uses a staggering amount of resources to support those affected by tobacco. How different would the world be if we did not and had not ever touched tobacco? How different would the NHS be if it was not picking up the back end of the issues that tobacco causes? and how different would our health and wellbeing be around the world if tobacco had never been used.

    Why is it that we have substances like tobacco, and sugar where their use is promoted – promoted as healthy, studies are undertaken that show these substances are not healthy or fit for any human consumption, these studies are not transparently offered to the world because of vested interested from companies and industries and yet somewhere deep inside we all know they aren’t good for us.

    We all know the impact tobacco has, and we all know how we feel when we have sugar.

    Thank you for shining a full blown light on this topic.

  9. I was struck this last week at the lengths to which people will go to smoke.

    I was away on business in a cold country and it certainly was cold. During an evening out, folks were choosing to stand outside shivering against the freezing wind for extended periods, to smoke.

    What is happening when we smoke if we are able to disconnect so completely from our bodies?

  10. Tobacco makes your lungs go smaller and it is harder to breathe your breath.

    If you are pregnant and you are smoking, the little baby inside you will get damaged.
    This makes me angry.

    So, avoid smoking.

    1. Thank you very much Jacob Porzig for your comment.

      So here we have a smart 6 year old who can read a blog like this and tell us tobacco is not good for us. He also tells us about the damage to the unborn baby.

      This confirms our kids know that smoking is bad for us.
      Is it time to get real honest advice from our young children because they are making sense?

  11. Thank you for this eye opening blog Simple Living Global.

    This is a great and in depth expose of the harm that tobacco use can cause.

    The statistics in this blog are simply mind boggling especially the facts that 6 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year, 7 million people die from tobacco use every year and most shockingly, 890,000 non smokers die from second hand smoke every year.

    The tobacco companies are going a long way to convince everyone that using tobacco doesn’t have any adverse affects.

    With so many non-smokers dying every year from second hand smoke, it makes you wonder how the tobacco companies can justify their rhetoric on tobacco NOT being harmful to those that DO use tobacco when people that DON’T use tobacco are dying simply because of being around those people that DO use tobacco.

  12. I was talking with a colleague about the photograph of a tumour on the front of her cigarette packet.

    She said the photo made no difference to her smoking – it didn’t cause her to stop or think twice. She said those sort of cases are extreme and rare and she didn’t smoke enough for it to be a problem for her.

    She said she likes smoking.

    She said she could cut down easily, but the one cigarette that would be hardest to give up would be the one releasing the pressure after a long day at work.

  13. I was watching some people sitting outside a cafe the other day and they were talking and flicking the ash from their cigarettes down next to their legs, onto the floor.

    As someone who would have done exactly this, it made me question:

    Would we flick ash on the floor in our homes?

    Where do we think all the ash goes from all the cigarettes smoked on our streets and flicked away every day?

  14. Mail Online – 19 June 2017
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4619114/Vaping-causes-occasional-smokers-smoke-cigarettes.html?ITO=applenews

    So here we have some recent hot news that Vaping causes occasional smokers “to smoke MORE cigarettes”.

    18% increase in cigarettes smoked when a person vaped.

    Vaping is an electronic device introduced in 2007 as an alternative to smoking tobacco.
    However, the long term effects of e-cigarettes are still largely unknown.

    If we simply join the dots and re-read this blog again, so we get exactly what nicotine is and what harm it does to the human body – would it be true to say vaping is another substitute for the cigarette and the fact some smokers are smoking MORE speaks volumes?

    E-cigarettes are propping up and reinforcing the conventional cigarette market.
    Stanton Glantz – Director of The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education – University of California, San Francisco.

    WHY is our United States Surgeon General saying in his 2016 report that e-cigarettes are “unsafe” for youth and young adults?

    900% growth in e-cigarette use among high school students form 2011 to 2015.

    “They are not using e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking”
    Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology – University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

    Sales of vaping products are expected to reach $4.4 billion this year according to Wells Fargo Securities analysts.

    Packaged in flavours like bubble gum and chocolate peanut butter cup they are designed to appeal to our youth who experts believe are more vulnerable to becoming dependent on nicotine.

    Whether we accept what we read or choose to jump on the bandwagon about some news that suits us – this is not the point.

    What we all need to at least consider is the harmfull effects of tobacco, whichever way we want to look at it.

    Tobacco is a toxic poison and there is no getting away from that fact.
    It plays havoc inside our mind and body and yet we seem to find new names and new ways to continue smoking or inhaling this substance.

    We are all quick to blame the industry that keeps supplying us with everything that we demand but never once look at us, who are the ones asking for this. If the demand stops, then the supply chain will not be making big bucks. Maybe this is at least worth pondering on if we are to ever see the tides turn once and for ALL.

    1. Thank you for this awareness raising comment Simple Living Global.

      I have come across another article on e-cigarettes with research studies linking some ‘benefits’ compared to smoking cigarettes.

      In The Week – Issue 1112 – 18th February 2017 it is reported that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco cigarettes due to the lower levels of carcinogens in smokers’ bodies.

      However the article reiterates that vaping (e-cigarettes) have not been given the all clear. One clear concerns is it’s impact on the body’s cardiovascular system.

      It’s quite clear to me that whilst there may be lower levels of carcinogens, carcinogens ARE carcinogens – a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissues (English Oxford Living Dictionaries).

      Anything of that nature cannot be harmless, regardless of the levels.

      1. If we read your comment Shevon and apply a dose of common sense, we could all agree that e-cigarettes contain tobacco. Then if we read or re-read this blog we get the message loud and clear that this substance is very harmfull.

        I noticed on the local high street all these vaping shops opened up and there are all these different types of e-cigarette containers and some looking like a bling accessory.

        Who comes up with stuff like this and are we just fooling ourselves?

        So now there is this big no no for smoking and so many are going for a substitute but is it actually changing anything at the root?
        In other words are we evolving or are we just finding another solution to keep going with a bad habit that let’s face it is killing us.

        What is it about us humans that keep searching and searching for ways to fix the problem but not once stop and see if we can change the behaviour that is harmfull to our body? It is like something is missing and we just cannot join the dots.

        Vaping is way too new for us to have studies and research dedicated to seeing how harmful it is, so whilst we wait around for the rats and rabbits to be tested in a lab, let’s just put on our common sense hat and work it out for ourselves. E-Cigarettes are designed to give us the same effect as smoking so let’s not kid ourselves – nothing has truly changed.

  15. This map from The Economist – 31st May 2017 shows the countries that are hit hardest by death and ill health due to smoking

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/05/daily-chart-22?fsrc=gnews

    High income countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, France and Spain are top – however the article predicts that poorer countries are not far behind.

    Smoking clearly affects people everywhere and I am still surprised at how popular it is given that we have known about the harms for nearly 100 years!

  16. http://www.medicaldaily.com/american-adults-have-no-clue-whats-cigarettes-better-labeling-may-be-solution-420263

    Medical Daily news on 18 July 2017 is saying that very few adults in the U.S. are aware of what goes into cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are reporting the following –

    Cigarette smoke contains more than 9,000 chemicals.
    60+ carcinogens.
    93 harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.

    So now the solution may be better labelling, so consumers become aware.

    Do we honestly think that more pictorial warnings are going to really change this killer that has been around for a long long time?
    Are we changing anything by giving smokers more knowledge?
    Is it really stopping them from puffing behaviour?

    Are the warnings about related health risks making any difference?
    Are our strategies one step behind what is actually going on?

    Is improving cigarette packet warnings the real answer or is there more?

    Are we finding solutions but not asking the deeper real questions as to WHY one needs to smoke in the first place?

    Are we ready to fund research into WHY our teenagers go to smoking at such a young age?

    Are we ready to admit and accept that we have a global crisis that is allowed to continue because most of us are not saying much or doing anything?

    Is it time to stick our common sense hat on and admit that the reality we have created about smoking is way off and is literally killing us?

    Would it be true to say that no matter what we come up with, the fact is Smoking Kills and there is no getting away from that?

    Would it be true to say that man has known for well over a century about the harm of smoking yet the Tobacco industry continues to grow?

    Dressing it up or down or finding ways to allow others to continue with this deadly drug does not evolve us as a race of beings on earth and yet we call ourselves the Intelligent species.
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/what-is-intelligence-part-1/

    It may be worth considering what on earth we think Intelligence is and WHY this Intelligence allows us to continue harming our human frame.
    Is this form of Intelligence taking true Responsibility?
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/what-is-intelligence-part-2/

  17. I was listening to some healthcare professionals talking this week about smoking. There have in recent years been some big awareness raising campaigns and initiatives by the government/NHS in the UK to eradicate smoking. But, more recently the initiatives have gone quiet – as though the problem is dealt with – yet tobacco is still one of the top reasons why people get illnesses or die in the UK.

    Tobacco and smoking (e-cigarettes included) really needs to stay at the top of the agenda, and, as this blog says – there is far more to smoking than meets the eye – we still need to get to the root of the problem.

  18. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318922.php
    Medical News Daily – 14 August 2017

    Researchers from West Virginia University are saying that E-cigarettes should not be seen as safe.

    Not sure how mice respond to e-cigs that were cappuccino-flavoured and contained 18 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter as they can’t give us their take.
    The study found that within an hour of being exposed to 5 minutes of e-cig vapor, the arteries narrowed by 31%.

    Hello, do we really need to study mice to give us another study to confirm that smoking or vaping is damaging our arteries and a lot more.

    A related article – see link http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314190.php?iacp
    is about a study published in the journal Oncotarget, researchers found that the chemicals present in electronic cigarette vapor were equally as damaging and in some cases, more damaging – to mouth cells as tobacco smoke.

    As e-cigarette devices are relatively new to the market, little is known about the long-term effects of vaping on health.

    What if we just simply read this blog, put our common sense hat on and ask any young child and I bet we would all say that cigarettes are harmfull and there is no substitute for this killer.

    We have know for centuries but it suits us to continue and champion or find a solution to keep up the what most of us call ‘a bad habit’.

    Imagine if research was not on mice but real life people and finding out when they first started smoking, what happened to them, what was going on and then get into the WHY questions.

    Surely this would have a real valid response that holds a quality of evidence that may just guide and point us in the right direction as to WHY anyone would want to take a substance that is deeply harmful to their mind and body.

    Our world is great at coming up with new ways like in this one, no smoke to be seen, but not getting to the root as to WHY we do cigarettes in the first instance.

    1. I was talking to a smoker who rolls his own. He was sharing his experience of trying e-cigarettes.

      He spent a bunch of money on all the paraphernalia thinking it would be more healthy for him. Over the course of a few weeks he realised it was worse than his roll ups.

      He went to his usual football practice where he said he can normally run around fine, and he just didn’t have the lung capacity he usually had. He believes e-cigarettes filled his lungs with more ‘crap’ than his roll ups and that degraded his fitness with a startlingly quick effect. So startling that he threw is investment in the bin and speaks passionately about his experience whenever he can.

      He believes there is loads of stuff in e-cigarettes we don’t know about and that he experienced what that did to his body.

      It amazes me he can be a smoker and a football player at all, but isn’t it interesting that he couldn’t be a footballer and an e-cigarette smoker?

      What is in e-cigarettes that is clogging up the lungs so he couldn’t breathe? What is in there that in a matter of a couple of weeks someone previously able to sprint around for 90 minutes was no longer able to take in enough oxygen to do that?

      More than 2.3 million people smoke e-cigarettes in the UK. With numbers on the rise, isn’t this type of anecdotal evidence something we should be looking into?

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/07/smoking-numbers-hit-new-low-as-britons-turn-to-vaping-to-help-quit-cigarettes

      1. I saw a new article on the World Health Organisation website today about ‘tobacco-free generations:emerging threats for children in the Region’ – where they talk about ENDs (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) – and kids like them as they do not resemble cigarettes but they resemble other things like pens. Some ‘have been found to contain poisonous chemicals such as formaldehyde at a level similar to that of cigarettes. Moreover, ENDS reinforce nicotine addiction and normalise smoking. Since ENDS are relatively new to the market, they are still largely unregulated’.

        What WHO are looking at is the several Member States in WHO European Region that are moving towards becoming “tobacco-free”. Which means having a smoking prevalence of 5% or less. But countries not only need to address the smoking issues, they need to address ENDS too.

        http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/tobacco/news/news/2017/09/towards-tobacco-free-generations-emerging-threats-for-children-in-the-region

        1. So interesting Jane.

          This got me wondering why on earth manufacturers would include formaldehyde if it is a poisonous chemical – one I had only heard about in the context of preserving biological specimens.

          It turns out formaldehyde is produced/released when certain substances are burnt so it is actually a by-product of smoking.

          Lab studies show exposure causes various types of cancer and in 2004 formaldehyde was classified as a known human carcinogen.

          The American Journal of Public Health says formaldehyde in the smoke released from the end of a lit cigarette is present in concentrations of up to 3 times occupational limits. The type in e-cigarette vapour is a ‘masked’ type, which means it is more likely to be deposited in the lung tissue, once inhaled.

          I’m sure I’m not alone in trying to avoid being in the vicinity of cigarette or ENDS vapour – my body makes that decision for me.
          This information simply confirms that physical reaction and makes me wonder: with formeldahyde being only 1 of 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, why on earth does smoking still exist at all?

          https://www.verywell.com/the-scary-facts-about-formaldehyde-in-cigarette-smoke-2824724

    2. In this article by the Telegraph dated 18. July 2017 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/18/let-workers-vape-office-government-plan-suggests/ it reports that the government says vaping ‘should be allowed in enclosed public spaces and offices as safer alternatives to smoking. With the information this blog and it’s comments share is this just a band aid for our smoking problem rather than looking at the deeper reason as to why we smoke?

      I can smell the flavour of the different Vape’s when on the street so in the office or enclosed public spaces I question would this produce second hand vaping health problems for people who don’t vape as there is still nicotine and chemicals in them?

  19. The latest research is that nicotine in e-cigarettes increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.

    15 healthy testers were found to have increased blood pressure, heart rate and ‘arterial stiffness’ in the 30 minutes after smoking e-cigarettes containing nicotine. This effect was not found in those smoking e-cigarettes without nicotine.

    Dr Magnus Lundback who did the research in Sweden, has pointed out that most people think e-cigarettes are harmless, but that is not true – the tests show the opposite.

    He has said: “The industry markets their product as a way to reduce harm and to help people to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. However, the safety of e-cigarettes is debated, and a growing body of evidence is suggesting several adverse health effects.”

    Will we listen to this science?

    Will it be enough to turn around already entrenched perceptions or will we need more?

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/11/e-cigarettes-containing-nicotine-linked-to-raised-heart-attack-risk

  20. More on e-cigarettes.

    An upcoming UK government ad campaign to encourage people to stop smoking in October (‘Stoptober’) will recommend e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco.

    This despite the fact that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued guidance cautioning about the risks of ‘vaping’, which is not recommended as an aid to stop smoking.

    Are we breaking a cycle or simply replacing one harm with another?

    Do we know?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41339790

  21. Talking to a gardener in the community today, he was saying how he gave up smoking last year because he had a cough for 3 months which forced him to stop and that time served him as he questioned if smoking was making him feel so sick.

    He said he was certain it was killing him inside and that almost everyone he knows is smoking which makes it harder. However, his body was telling him enough and now he feels no congestion and much healthier than he was. As with every smoker I have asked, he started smoking as a teenager.

    Would it be wise to research and direct our studies into WHY our teenagers go for their first cigarette?
    What on earth is going on for them that makes them take this poison which is addictive?
    Without going to the root cause are we really as a world any better off when it comes to smoking?

  22. Australia Plus news today – calls for bans on ecigarettes in public places, the same as for cigarettes.

    The point was made that we don’t have 20 years of research on e-cigarettes as we do with cigarettes, so why are we believing/accepting the claims that they are safer than cigarettes?

    They contain the same compounds so it would make more sense to summize the health risks will be the same.

    The call was for us to ‘catch up’ with these new forms of smoking, from the point of view of the law, public safety, our research and our common sense.

  23. I was in the supermarket today and they were stocking up the cigarette cupboard behind the counter.

    It was a wall of ugly pictures of harm caused by cigarette smoking. Every packet had a picture of a tumour or similar and there were hundreds of packets.

    It was hideous to see and feel.

    I wonder how people feel when they ask for cigarettes and the shopkeeper opens that cupboard.

  24. Reading a news story this weekend about a famous celebrity after the gym workout ‘rewarding’ with an e-cigarette.

    So the media tell us about their huge salary and designer gear and the trendy gym they go to. They add prices to the footwear and coat worn as if this is what we all want to know.

    Is it really the news we need to know?

    Should we be asking WHY does something like this make news headlines and is this something we need to be asking more questions about?

    WHY is vaping seen as a trendy thing in our world today?
    Do we think if celebs are doing it then it must be ok?
    Is this something that has become fashionable now?
    What sort of role models are we advertising in the news?

    What if we interviewed our body after a gym workout followed by an e-cigarette?
    What is the physiological changes that are taking place and is this worth studying?

    Our world seems great at creating the next thing like vaping but are we any closer to the real TRUTH about the harm it is causing the human body?

  25. Thank you for this powerful blog on the harm caused by tobacco and nicotine.

    I have recently stopped smoking after smoking for 33 years. I have some way to go – I have been taking nicotine lozenges since I stopped using cigarettes. So I am still very much an addict.

    This blog contains a wealth of information on the many harmful consequences of nicotine and tobacco. I thought I knew about the harmful effects of smoking – that knowledge has spurred me to take steps to stop smoking. But some of the information in the post has absolutely shocked me.

    For too much of my adult life I have suffered from bouts of depression. Until reading this post, I was not aware of the research findings that show that smoking or tobacco use increases the likelihood of an individual experiencing depression and anxiety and can possibly be the cause of that depression and anxiety.

    You see, I started smoking at the age of 15 and I first became depressed at 16. What if the former lead to the latter?
    I have never even considered that before.

    Cigarettes had always been a friend to me that lifted my mood, an escape from the feelings of anxiety and depression that so often plagued me.
    But what if, I must now ask myself, smoking was actually the driver causing the depression and anxiety?

    It is time for me to drop nicotine once and for all.

    Thank you so much for this blog – I needed to read it.

  26. Wow, Raja.

    Brilliant to hear you have stopped smoking after 33 years. That cannot have been easy but your commitment to it really comes through in your post. I salute you.

    And what a massive question you ask: what if smoking both leads to and feeds depression and anxiety?

    Our own experiences are an important science that is often overlooked and your experience in this can definitely help others in a similar situation as you. Thank you for sharing it.

    Good luck with the final nicotine goodbye – it sounds like it is time.

    Do share how that goes, too.

  27. I was talking to the lady on the cigarette counter yesterday. She was saying she is not allowed to talk about cigarettes to customers or show anyone the display.

    She says the pictures on the packets are so bad one of them looks like it shows a dead person.

    The whole set up now is like cigarettes are contraband.

    We know how much harm they cause. That is shown now in how you have to purchase them.

    Advertising them is illegal. Buying them fees illicit.

    Why are they still legal?

  28. ****NEWS FLASH****

    Tobacco companies ordered to provide corrective statements.

    World Health Organization reports – 29th November 2017 that 4 US tobacco companies have been court ordered to provide public corrective statements on the harms of tobacco.

    “The tobacco control community has been saying for decades that tobacco kills, is addictive and that its manufacturers have known this, while profiting from the suffering of millions of their consumers, but by being ordered by the courts to issue these corrective statements in American newspapers and on TV stations, the industry itself has been forced to come clean and acknowledge once and for all that its tobacco products kill.”
    Dr Douglas Bettcher – Director of WHO’s Prevention on Noncommunicable Diseases department.

    Publication of the corrective statements, which began on 26th November 2017 came after a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department in 1999! Under the Federal Rackeeter Influenced and Corrupt Organization Law. The Federal Court’s first ordered the tobacco companies to implement these corrective statement adverts in 2006, however due to various appeals tobacco companies have been able to block their publication.

    The corrective statements are to reveal the health effects of –

    Tobacco use and second-hand smoke.

    The false sale and advertising of low tar and light cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes.

    State that smoking and nicotine are highly addictive.

    That they have designed cigarettes to enhance the delivery of nicotine.

    The statements will appear in adverts paid for by the tobacco industry and the statements are to appear in more than 50 U.S. newspapers as well as on American TV.

    So why has it taken so long and why has it happened now?

    Perhaps we are waking up to the dangers of smoking.

    Could there also be a public cry to know the Truth?

    We are in an age where there is more and more transparency, that is things being out in the open and not hidden. Therefore, there is no surprise that this has come to light right now. All secrets and lies in the end are always exposed.

    Simultaneously on 24th November, the French Bank BNP Paribas declared that it will stop its financing and investment activities related to tobacco companies, including producers, wholesalers and traders.

    Could It be possible that companies are starting to become more responsible with their actions?

    A successful business cannot be one that invests in tobacco companies as this is not for the good of everyone as it is a very harming product and so, how can we reap any truly good benefits from putting profits before people?

    Investments of this kind will always come with a price.

    http://www.who.int/tobacco/communications/statements/tobacco-industry-corrective-statements/en/

  29. I was talking to a colleague about her ‘e-cig habit’ this week, as she calls it. It was a fascinating conversation.

    She was sharing in great detail the ‘hit’ and the ‘second hit’ you get from cigarettes and how the nicotine inhalers you can get from the doctor to help you stop smoking do not replicate that ‘hit’, but e-cigarettes do.

    She talked about this hit happening at the back of the throat and how you can feel the nicotine enter your blood stream. How it is like ‘having a really good coffee’ within 10 seconds. This is what she said she was addicted to.

    She shared how e-cigarettes help her quit cigarettes and nicotine over the course of about a year, as she can start them on the same level as nicotine in cigarettes and then reduce the nicotine at intervals through the year, until she is smoking only flavoured vapour, with zero nicotine content.

    She said she felt this was a pretty safe habit as the burning of tobacco is the carcinogenic aspect of smoking that e-cigarettes avoid. She said she avoids the sweeter flavours of e-cigarette vapour as there is some worrying research emerging about the chemicals they use. Her current favourite vaping flavour was ‘rhubarb and custard’.

    She said she will sometimes ‘fall off the wagon’ when she has a weak moment out with friends and she doesn’t have her e-cigarette with her so she will have a cigarette and they are so addictive she is back to buying them before she knows it and has to build up to quitting again over the course of another year.

    She was very clear about the cycle she is in with this and was honest and informed about the details.

    She started smoking when she was 11 and said she knows those who start later in life ‘bounce out of it’ much easier than those who start as young as her.

    It was clear talking to her that smoking is part of her identity – she likes the process, the ‘gadgetry’, the contact with other smokers, the cycles and the hit.

    1. Thank you for sharing this Jenifer. This real-life experience most definitely lets us know that e-cigarettes are harming and are not a sure cut way to stop smoking. It is great that you have put this real-life comment on as I have noticed more and more shops having e-cigarettes’ vape stands near their tills. One sign I saw just yesterday advertised that e-cigarettes are the way to quit smoking, however from your comment about your colleague who has returned to smoking cigarettes in a ‘weak moment’, this just exposes that it is not.

      How about we share the truth of this blog and start asking ourselves and others questions like those posed by Simple Living Global –

      ‘…is it time to get back to the people and ask them what on earth is going on in their lives that makes them want to take a substance called tobacco that contains nicotine, which goes directly into the brain and harms us?’

      Perhaps it’s the answers to this questions that would enable people to successfully stop smoking.

      1. That is a great question, Shevon. In fact, it feels like it’s THE question to ask.

        Another I have been reflecting on is around the ‘gadgetry’ of e-cigarettes.

        The lady I was talking to shared how there is status to your gadget and it is a discussion point in smoking circles. There are ranges all the way up to high end luxury and the device you buy ‘says something about you’.

        So we now have a collector’s item in the gadget and a myriad choices of flavour and nicotine levels.

        The depth to which you can go is mind-boggling.

        Isn’t it interesting that this alternative came out just at the point people were finally waking up to the harm of cigarettes? And that the alternative has such a modern dimension – gadgetry – to further hook you in?

        So my question is – do we see this manipulation and where the demand is coming from to which it is supplied?

  30. Interesting what these two comments from Jenifer and Shevon are saying.

    I wanted to share that I keep seeing more and more new shops popping up everywhere, which are selling this vaping stuff.
    It makes me wonder if people are in it for the ‘new business’ that it is and because they know they are going to make good profit as it’s the latest thing telling us it’s better than a cigarette.

    What is interesting is it’s winter here in London and the owners of the vaping shops are outside the shop doing their thing and it is a huge smog that looks so artificial, I keep doing a double take. Its like they have a machine bellowing out thick white grey smog that is so huge, you lose sight of their face and surroundings. Weird but true.

    Have we really got to the bottom of all of this or are we being fooled?

    Is this vaping stuff in 20 years going to confirm after countless research studies, that it is having the same or even worse harm on the human body than cigarettes?

    Can we join the dots and keep it super simple – anything that we inhale or ingest that alters our natural state is not Truth.

    Is it because we as a world do not have a one unified Truth about Tobacco that we have the harm escalating out of control on a global scale?

  31. Metro – 3rd November 2017

    A Japanese company have given non-smokers six extra days holiday a year to make up for the time off other staff take for cigarette breaks. This gesture is said to ‘benefit’ 67% of the company’s staff.

    Is this really the way to go?

    Is this part of a ‘If you can’t beat ’em join ’em attitude’?

    Is this a way to placate those workers who do not smoke from complaining?

    Is this gesture truly evolving?

    Does this gesture go anywhere towards us understanding why anyone would choose to put a harmfull substance in their body. One that is a huge contributory factor to many deadly illnesses.

    Is there more here for us to consider?

  32. In Estonia you are not allowed to smoke inside. You are also not allowed to smoke outside the front of building eg hotels.

    It is super cold outside in winter so people do not want to go down the road to smoke. So hotels have smoking rooms.

    The hotel I was staying in has a small room with a small window, like a box room. People go and stand inside there to smoke rather than going outside.

    So smokers stand inside a small room, light up their cigarette, smoke it standing up, then leave.

    I feel this brings addiction into stark focus. That you will willingly stand in a smoke-filled pen to get the cigarette hit.

    It also brings into focus the way addiction is accepted and even fed. If the hotels didn’t have these rooms then people would have nowhere inside to smoke. So maybe they would think twice about lighting up.

  33. I can see from the company I work in that the smokers have a community.

    If you are in with the smokers, you are in with the gossip from across the organisation.

    At any time of the day you fancy a cigarette, there will be other smokers wanting to go outside too. You will then stand together there and shoot the breeze – share information.

    One of my colleagues was sharing how going outside for cigarettes with people helps her build connections and relationships, which helps her be better at her job.

    This made me reflect – is there something about connection we crave?
    When we smoke, is that what we are looking for with ourselves?

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