The Truth About Modern Cigarettes: What They Don’t Want You To Know

Crushing Cigarette Pack

By Dr. Michelle Kmiec

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Modern cigarettes contain a whopping 600 ingredients, which translates to over 4000 chemicals. In addition to the familiar toxic ingredients found in cigarettes like tar and nicotine, many people are surprised to learn that cigarettes contain many other highly toxic ingredients, such as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, DDT, butane, acetone, carbon monoxide, and even cadmium.

Did you know that The National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated that in the United States alone, smoking is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths per year, and that by the year 2030 tobacco related deaths worldwide are projected to be approximately 10 million?

It is no surprise that this chemical cocktail is responsible for so many deaths resulting from two of the leading killers in the United States: cardiovascular disease and cancer. But there are other common health conditions that are also linked to smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, including spine and joint disorders.

Because smoking decreases the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, the body compensates by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, which eventually results in poor circulation. With poor circulation comes a decrease in the blood vessels’ ability to carry nutrients to living tissue, which includes bones and the discs of the spine. Long term, this can compromise bone and joint physiology, the body’s ability to heal from injury, and a lack of vertebral disc nutrition, all of which can ultimately result in chronic pain and loss of mobility.

There is a Positive Side!

On a positive note, because of the resiliency of the human body, the damaging effects of smoking can be reversed. When an individual commits to quitting, the healing effects instantly begin. Within minutes, blood pressure and heart rate decrease and normalize. Within about a day, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide decrease and eventually levels are undetectable. Inflammation steadily begins to decrease as more oxygen is circulated throughout the body, and even the lungs may heal to an extent based on the number of years an individual smoked. Statistics show that after a person has quit smoking for ten to fifteen years, the risk of developing lung cancer decreases to the level of a person who never smoked.

Are the new electronic cigarettes a good substitute for modern cigarettes?

Recent German research says no. Despite the fact that they contain less harmful substances, it has been found that after five minutes of using this alternative cigarette, signs of airway constriction and inflammation develop. Furthermore, even though e-cigarettes produce substantially fewer ultra-fine particles than modern cigarettes, when smoked indoors, the particles that are emitted accumulate and can impact users and second-hand by-standers, much like chronic exposure to artificial air fresheners.

Though pharmaceuticals and nicotine replacement are realistic options to help you quit smoking, they are not without risk and side effects. Natural options such as acupuncture, exercise, nutrition (vitamin C and B vitamins – Did you know that your body is depleted of at least 25 mg of vitamin C per cigarette), meditation, nature walks, and support groups have also been shown to be effective in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

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About the author:

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Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a chiropractic physician who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and anxiety, became an avid nutrition and health researcher/promoter.

The founder of the website Online Holistic Health and author of “Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession“, Dr. Kmiec has been featured in many health magazines and websites, and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

For more information, visit Online Holistic Health or connect with Dr. Michelle Kmiec on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 


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  • Curious George

    What are the 600 ingredients? Can you provide a citation?

    What are the 4000 chemicals? Can you provide a citation?

  • Nick Terrone

    GREAT read! I was a smoker and have since helped over 1700 smokers quit NATURALLY. Here is a free presentation I’ve created with literally EVERYTHING i know about quitting – if just ONE person quits watching it . . 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWdvpXL8y3g

  • Nikolai Lee

    I remember being told some years ago now, that the danger from cigarettes could be tracked down not only to the tobacco so much as the paper, which contains nitrogen compounds that not only cause the cigarette to burn evenly, but which also cause cancer. Lung (or bronchial) cancer is bad enough, but so are chronic bronchitis and emphysema which are much more common, and mean that you can’t walk far or climb staircases without becoming totally out of breath.

  • I am asdf 1234

    So let me understand this correctly. German research states that electronic cigarettes are not safer than regular tobacco cigarettes even though they contain only 3 of the ingredients found in tobacco cigarettes: Polypropylene glycol, vegetable glycol and nicotine.( let that sink in ) They also don’t produce carbon monoxide. Fun fact: e-cigs do produce formaldehyde, but is considerably less than the amount of formaldehyde you ingest from eating fish. 260 PPM per 2ML of e-juice compared to 200mg/kg of fish. Next up: e-cigs also contain anti freeze! ding ding ding! We have a winnarrr. Yes, e-cigs contain propylene glycol, an anti-freeze. But guess what? It is FDA approved and is safe for human consumption. It is also used in hundreds of thousands of product that you eat and use everyday. My advice as an avid e-cig user…if you can’t stop smoking. Switch to an e-cig and gradually decrease the nicotine content. Pretty soon you’ll be at 0mgs and will no longer be a nicotine addict! Also, join the wagon that will bankrupt the tobacco companies that have added pesticides and fertilizers to increase their tobacco yield at the cost of human life. Also, this article is incorrect. Tobacco cigarettes produce over 7,000 chemicals from the combustion of those ingredients.

  • I am asdf 1234

    So let me understand this correctly. German research states that electronic cigarettes are not safer than regular tobacco cigarettes even though they contain only 3 of the ingredients found in tobacco cigarettes: Polypropylene glycol, vegetable glycol and nicotine.( let that sink in ) They also don’t produce carbon monoxide. Fun fact: e-cigs do produce formaldehyde, but is considerably less than the amount of formaldehyde you ingest from eating fish. 260 PPM per 2ML of e-juice compared to 200mg/kg of fish. Next up: e-cigs also contain anti freeze! ding ding ding! We have a winnarrr. Yes, e-cigs contain propylene glycol, an anti-freeze. But guess what? It is FDA approved and is safe for human consumption. It is also used in hundreds of thousands of product that you eat and use everyday. My advice as an avid e-cig user…if you can’t stop smoking. Switch to an e-cig and gradually decrease the nicotine content. Pretty soon you’ll be at 0mgs and will no longer be a nicotine addict! Also, join the wagon that will bankrupt the tobacco companies that have added pesticides and fertilizers to increase their tobacco yield at the cost of human life. Also, this article is incorrect. Tobacco cigarettes produce over 7,000 chemicals from the combustion of those ingredients.

  • Bruce

    And they are legal? They do absolutely nothing but sicken and kill millions of human beings EVER YEAR, and they are legal? The hypocrisy and duplicity are sickening.

  • myumbojumbyo

    This article is stereotypical clap trap nonsense, designed for idiots, the UK researchers already know as from last week that ecigs are 95% safer than tobacco smoking.

    • LizJustice

      Surely it has to be better not smoking either? Or is that an idiot point so simple a two year old would get it?

  • Mary Orme Ellis

    What about organic cigarettes? American Spirit has them. Certainly there are fewer chemicals and additives, if any.

  • Emma

    Agreed. I don’t dispute the statistics. What I do believe is that the detrimental, negative images & instructions for ill health prominently placed on each packet, is a form of brain washing that is directly influencing a smokers conciousness a significant amount of times a day. If we learn our times tables by repetition, what is this doing to a nation of smokers!

  • Lisa Maria Walden

    I stopped smoking on Labor Day weekend of 2012 when I decided to try an E-cig. My intention was to stop the E-cig as well, but I have graduated to vaping with a refillable cartridge. I still have nicotine as well as my beloved menthol. Menthol was the main reason I smoked tobacco cigarettes for about 39 years, but the tobacco cigarettes began to just taste and smell horrible so I decided to make the switch. I actually enjoy vaping and while I know that this is not totally perfect nor healthy I do feel much better after stopping the tobacco cigarettes. Even my physician says that vaping is a better alternative than tobacco cigarettes.