Are cigarettes bad for you? Smoke it up states that 42.1 million people in the U.S smoke cigarettes. You're probably wondering “what's in cigarettes?” Well, cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which can cause cancer. Plus, there are over 5 million worldwide recorded deaths caused by tobacco and cigarettes every year. Did you know that 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette every day? 2,100 people younger than 18 years of age who were occasional smokers become daily smokers.
According to Quora, the first cigarettes were made in 1865 by Washington Duke on his 300-acre farm in Raleigh, North Carolina. His hand-rolled cigarettes were sold to soldiers at the end of the Civil War. It was not until James Bonsack invented the cigarette making machine in 1881 that cigarette smoking became popular.
You may wonder how cigarettes effect you; according to Quora, smoking can badly affect your lungs. Coughing and colds are just the beginning. Smoking can cause diseases like cancer in various places in your body like your bladder, blood cervix, colon and rectum, esophagus, kidney and ureter, larynx, liver, oropharynx (includes, parts of the throat, tongue, and tonsils) and the stomach and especially the lungs.
How do you stop this addiction? Tests recently show that smokers generally have lower levels of circulating B vitamins and lower levels of vitamin C as compared with a non-smoker. Here are some ways to fix this: firsts things first make a goal, for example, improving overall health, saving money, setting a good example for your kids and last but not least, looking better and smelling better. This can help smokers train their mind to focus on the positive aspects of their goal and reinforce their will to quit. Two, practice yoga or tai chi. According to Quora, a recent study from the Journal of Addiction and Therapy suggests taking and practicing tai chi at least three times a week. ¨It can help calm and ¨reduce stress from you and your peers. Tai chi can also help you either stop smoking or reduce their habit".
I hope this gives you something to think about if you are a smoker, or know someone who smokes!
Story by Bella Glover