Interesting Facts about Smoking Interesting Facts about Smoking

In recent years, smoking has become an acute global problem, and it is estimated that there are 1.2 billion smokers worldwide. Each week, more than 105 billion cigarettes are sold, which comes to ten million cigarettes per minute. However, these days, smoking is considered a bad habit that is injurious to health of the smoker and to the people around him or her. Cigarettes are the single most traded item in the world, and more than one trillion cigarettes are sold each year.

Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer, and ninth most common cause of death in the world killing approximately 1.25 million people each year. There are few very interesting facts about cigarettes, and one such fact is that these are single-most traded item in the world with approximately 1 trillion cigarettes sold each year. In most major brands, the nicotine content is on the rise, and in some famous brands, it has been raised by as much as 11%. Smoking increases the risks of lung and many other cancers, and U.S witnesses more than 400,000 smoking related illnesses and deaths each year.

Smoking not only harms the smoker, but also the coworkers, family members and others who indirectly inhale the cigarette smoke. Second hand smoke from parents increases the chance of ear problems, causes wheezing and coughing and makes asthma conditions worse for their children. Though the sale of tobacco products is highly regulated with legal legislation, it is not illegal to smoke tobacco at any age. Each year, more people die from diseases that are related to smoking, than from drug abuse, AIDS, homicide and car accidents combined.

As per insurance companies, smoking just one cigarette reduces the life expectancy of the smoker by 10.7 minutes. Within ten second, the nicotine reaches the brain, and it has is found in all body parts and breast milk. 20% of contents of cigarette is sugar, and most of the people and diabetics are not aware of this fact, which leads to secret sugar intake. Tobacco reduces the flow of blood, and hence nicotine addiction has been linked to impotency.

For smokers, the risk of developing respiratory illnesses is quite high, which could lead to pulmonary diseases such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smokers report several different after-effects such as relaxation, calmness, stimulation, alertness, concentration etc. and smoking produces different effects in individuals depending on their expectations. In U.S., 22.6 million women and 25.6 million men are smokers, and studies indicate that popularity of cigarette smoking is significantly higher among kids in the age group of 9-11 years. To add taste and flavor unique to any brand, toppings are added to the blended tobacco mix.