featured9 - More than Just You: Why Is Smoking Always an Issue?

More than Just You: Why Is Smoking Always an Issue?

Despite the multitude of studies that show that smoking does have a lot of negative effects on the health of the smoker and those around them, it still continues to be an issue. Smoking is a habit that divides people as there are those that love it—even treat it like they cannot live without it. Then there are those that are wholly aware of the repercussions of smoking.

Let’s explore why smoking will always be an issue.

It’s a health issue

Smoking kills—there is no denying that. Smoking is a habit that affects the health of several individuals starting from the smoker and leading toward those that happen to be around them at the time. What we find interesting is that everyone can agree that the smoke that comes from vehicles—especially when it is black is back for the lungs and the overall health of the people and the environment.

However, when it comes to the smoke emissions of cigarettes, people are less inclined to believe studies that have proven that smoking has severe adverse effects. These effects only get worse the longer a person smokes or are exposed to cigarette smoke. This will continue to be an issue as long as there are people who are losing their lives over this highly preventable cause of illness.

It’s a social issue

We’re not kidding when we say that smoking and the quest for smoke-free public spaces divides people. Entire families are often split when the topic of smoke-free places crop up. There are those that believe that it is their right to smoke if they want to. We believe that as well. What is not okay is the fact that they put other people at risk whenever they smoke in public places.

People that are constantly exposed to secondhand smoke are more than likely to fall ill. When a smoker lights up a cigarette, they get nearly 5,000 chemicals in their body. When that smoke is processed out of the smoker’s body and into the lungs of someone else, the person that just inhaled secondhand smoke just had about 7,000 chemicals enter their bodies.

Always Remember

Smoking, as long as it exists, will continue to be an issue. As long as this unhealthy habit exists, there will always be people who will get hurt and there will always be people who will continue to fight against it. We hope that through our different discussions you catch a better message about the dangers of smoking and the benefits of smoke-free environments.

With that in mind, why do you personally think that smoking will always be an issue?

featured4 - Rethink That Puff: Dangers of Vaping You Need to Be Aware Of

Rethink That Puff: Dangers of Vaping You Need to Be Aware Of

While there are a lot of smokers out in the world, there are some of them that actively try to find methods of “reducing” the amount of harmful residue that they expel. There are those that try to quit the habit altogether but this is not easy to do. Smoking is a habit that often leads to nicotine addiction which the body will crave when it is no longer present.

In their quest to find newer ways to cut back on harmful fumes but still get the nicotine fix, technology has introduced them to a seemingly safe method: e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes. Instead of the tobacco, butts, and paper, smoking has seemingly embraced the new century. In its wake, a social activity called vaping has developed.

What is Vaping?

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This is the activity that has resulted from the concept of the electronic cigarette. One of the biggest appeals of the e-cig is the fact that there are now different flavors that could be tried. The puff of smoke that results from e-cigarettes are often bigger and depending on the flavor the smell of the cloud of smoke will be different from the normal smell you get when smoking.

When e-cigs and vaping became popular, more and more people thought that this was entirely safe. Here are a few dangers of vaping that we feel you should be made aware of:

Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

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Since the creation of e-cigs, there have been more calls toward the US poison control centers about the accidental and deliberate ingestion of liquid nicotine. In a lot of cases, it is young children that end up ingesting or being exposed to liquid nicotine poisoning.

Battery Related Malfunctions

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If you’ve heard of or seen videos of sudden explosions caused by e-cigarettes, you would know that this threat is real. With the sudden popularity of e-cigs it was only natural that there would be industries that would want some of that lucrative pie. What has happened is that in the attempt to corner the market and obtain profit, substandard e-cigs are being produced.

When the product is substandard, they have been known to explode.

Always Remember

Smoking whether in its traditional form or in its more modern e-cig form comes with its own sets of risks. While we believe that there should be a compromise in helping smokers who are actively trying to limit their contribution toward unhealthy public spaces, there should be significantly more study going into the risks and dangers of vaping.

What dangers of vaping are you aware of?

featured1 - Starting With the Truth: Three Facts about Smoking You Should Know

Starting With the Truth: Three Facts about Smoking You Should Know

When it comes to the topic of health, it is always important to be armed with facts. Facts are necessary in building empowered choices. Today, we wanted to talk about 3 facts about smoking that we feel everyone should know about.

1: Smoking puts in nearly 5,000 chemicals in your body

This refers to each cigarette stick that you consume—not as a whole. That’s right. Every stick of cigarette that you light up contains nearly 5,000 chemicals which you filter and pass through your nose, lungs, throat, and mouth. Within that 5,000, around nearly 70 of those are known to cause cancer.

2: 1 out of 5 deaths in the US is related to Smoking

If you are a male that chooses to smoke, you cut your life by about 14 years. If you are female, that number bumps up to around 17 years. The more cigarettes you consume the higher that number goes. Cigarette related illnesses cause about 1 out of 5 wholly preventable deaths.

3: 1.70 billion pounds of cigarette butts are collected as litter

A lot of smokers out there do not properly dispose of their cigarette butts. In a single year, over 1.70 billion pounds of cigarette butts are collected as litter. This number does not include the number of butts that have been properly disposed. Every single butt contains traces of those chemicals and they are seeping into our earth.

Always Remember

This is something that you can choose to not put in your body. When you choose to smoke, you not only put in dangerous chemicals in your body and put your overall health at risk. You also contribute toward polluting more than just the air that we breathe. You end up adding toward the trash that piles up more and more each year.

What facts about smoking do you know of?

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