Smoking tobacco literally means burning as well as inhaling the substances. The practice has been around since 5000 B.C.E when it was cultivated in South America. During the colonial years, American colonists harvested tobacco crops and used them for subsistence.
Many wonder what the facts are relating to smoking cigarettes. I pulled out 10 fascinating facts that not many people would know, especially from looking at the carton.
1. Cigarette smoking is a significant source of avertable morbidity and untimely mortality in the world.
2. Half of the smokers who smoke for long term periods will die from the tobacco inside cigarettes. Remember that every cigarette you smoked cuts a minimum of five minutes of your life. This is about the same time it takes you to smoke it.
3 Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion (average) a year in health care costs and expenditures. Canada spends about $3 billion dollars (average) a year on health care costs caused by smoking.
4. Each day 3,000 children worldwide smoke their first cigarette. At least 3 million adolescents become regular smokers.
5. For every 100,000 15-year-old teenage smokers, 20,000 are likely to die from smoke-related diseases before the age of 70. This is way below the average mortality rate in the Western Countries.
6. 90% of adult smokers admit that they began smoking cigarettes when they were in their teenage years.
7. A British survey found that almost 99% of women never knew the connection between smoking and cervical cancer.
8. More than 4,000 toxins or carcinogens are present in tobacco. Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer inside tissues.
9. Every eight seconds, a person dies from tobacco use.
10. Developing countries are increasingly smoking tobacco. Statistics show that consumption is rising by 3.4% every year. Developed countries’ statistics of smokers have halved in the past 30 years.