A Killer in over 4000 ways
Two cigarette factsYOU MUST MUST KNOW!!!
Cigarette facts: There are over 4000 chemicals and compounds in cigarettes BUT two you must be aware of. But first let me explain The Design Of Cigarettes.
TOBACCO: itself is blended from three main leaf varieties which contain between 2.5% & 5% Nicotine. The leaves are pressed into long sheets through paper making machinery. A complex cocktail of additives including flavorings, preservatives and moisteners are then added, and the resultant Reconstituted Leaf (RL) which is produced looks like brown paper sheets.
In addition to the leaf blend, cigarettes also contain fillers which are made from the stems and other bits of tobacco which would otherwise be waste products. The ratio of filler varies among brands. For example, a cigarette fact is a high filler content makes a less dense cigarette with a slightly lower tar delivery.
ADDITIVES: are used to make tobacco products more acceptable to the consumer, and to make the smoke MORE addictive. They include humectants (moisteners) to prolong shelf life, sugars to make the smoke seem milder and easier to inhale, cocoa to dilate the bronchial tubes, and flavorings such as chocolate, vanilla and liquorice. They also contain ammonium compounds which raise the alkalinity of the smoke and enhances the effects of Nicotine.
Cocoa, dilates the Bronchial tubes... You get a bigger hit of Nicotine!!! Cigarette fact!!!
While some of these additives may appear to be quite harmless in their natural form, they may be toxic in combination with other substances. Also when additives are burned a FACT is new products of combustion are formed and these too may be toxic. A cigarette fact is the European Union allow 600 additives, however only the TOBACCO companies can decide what additives are used in which cigarette, and the information of what is put into which brand is not made readily available.
NICOTINE: and the Brain, Nicotine has such a crucial role in the habit of cigarette smoking that it warrants a more detailed examination. It is the most widely used addictive drug in society. It affects the chemistry of the Brain in several ways.
Brain information is transmitted between nerve cells by the amino acid, acetylcholine. This FACT acts like a key. Being released by one brain cell it moves to another which it then activates by fitting into an equivalent lock, called the receptor.
The Nicotine molecule resembles that of acetylcholine. In this way it gives the cigarette smoker an instant ‘LIFT’ but, unlike acetylcholine, it stays attached to the receptor for a long time and blocks normal information flow between brain cells. This means it acts as a depressant. This causes the Brain to produce more acetylcholine and receptor sites as it attempts to restore normality, a fact of cigarette smoking !!!
A cigarette FACT is an excess of acetylcholine makes the smoker nervous, hypersensitive, and anxious, symptoms due to Nicotine withdrawal. When a smoker describes smoking as a relaxation, they are actually describing the experience of suppressing their Nicotine induced symptoms. The illusion is that they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms if they don’t smoke. The FACT is it is the smoking that causes the symptoms