It is no question that “cancer sticks” are bad for your health. Aside from the police potentially killing you over them (re: Eric Garner), the negative health effects of smoking are horrendous. They certainly don’t call them “lung darts” because they help you breathe better.
What if you took a bunch of these “stogies” and were able to see the cumulative effects of smoking multiple “looseys” at one time? It would probably be disgustingly eye-opening right? Well, this short experiment shows us exactly what smoking too many “joes” looks like.
Here are some not-so-fun-filled facts about these “fatalistic fags” that will make you cringe:
Over 3,000 teens and preteens are sucked in daily:
- Every day, approximately 3,450 teens in the U.S. try their first cigarette. About 25% will become daily smokers.
- One in eight teens smokes cigarettes daily.
- Smoking addiction starts at a young age. More than 80% of adult smokers began smoking before 18 years of age.
Bad for your looks:
- Smoking ages your skin faster. It’s second only to sun exposure for giving you wrinkles.
- Tar, the sticky brown substance in tobacco products, stains smokers’ fingers and teeth.
- Smoking makes you stink! Your hair, breath and clothes smell bad.
Bad for your health:
- Smoking is linked to slowed growth of lung function in teens. They cannot run as fast or far. Smokers suffer from shortness of breath three times more than nonsmokers.
- Tobacco abuse harms every organ in the body. It has been linked to leukemia, cataracts and pneumonia, and accounts for about one-third of all cancer deaths.
- People who smoke cigarettes are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers.
- Cigarette smoke is toxic and poisonous to the human body. It contains about 7,000 chemical agents, including almost 70 that cause cancer.
- Some of the toxins found in cigarette smoke are found in items such as rat poison, toilet cleaners and formaldehyde, which is used to preserve dead animals.
- Not feeling good (and your parents smoke)? Every year, secondhand smoke causes more than 202,000 asthma episodes and 790,000 doctor visits due to ear infections.
It’s a killer:
- Every hour, more than 50 Americans die from smoking cigarettes. That’s about 440,000 people a year.
- Smoking kills babies. Every year in the U.S., about 2,000 deaths from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) are linked to secondhand tobacco smoke.
- Of kids now under 18 who live in Maryland, 108,000 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.
- More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
- On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
The bad news about addiction:
- Nicotine is a drug found naturally in tobacco. It’s as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
- It takes only 8 seconds for nicotine to reach the brain.
- Teens can experience tobacco dependence within a day of first inhaling, including strong urges to smoke, and anxiety or irritability.
- It’s hard to quit: only 12% of teen smokers who tried to quit were able to do so successfully.
- Some people smoke because they think it helps them relax. A new study suggests otherwise – smoking actually triggers stress. The truth is that smokers are addicted to the nicotine in tobacco; as the nicotine from one cigarette wears off, they start to crave another and become nervous and tense. Doesn’t sound very relaxing!