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Check Out These Facts on Tobacco  – You May Be Surprised…


  • Tobacco and its associated ill-effects are not hidden from the world. While the harmful effects that tobacco leaves bring about are well known, there are still many startling facts that hide between the leave’s obnoxious curls.
  • To begin with and contrary to certain common notions, no form of tobacco is safe.
  • Neither cigarettes, cigars, pipes or chewable forms. They are all equally dangerous for human consumption.
  • No wonder, every year almost a million deaths occur in India due to cancer caused as a result of incessant consumption of tobacco and tobacco products.
  • And smoking of tobacco is responsible alone for more deaths than cocaine, heroin, alcohol, automobile accidents, homicides, suicides and AIDS put together.
  • That’s a whopping 1200 people dying every day, due to their addiction to cigarettes.
  • National survey reports show that almost 90 per cent of adult smokers get addicted to tobacco at an average age of 11.
  • According to a recent WHO survey, 22 per cent of school teachers and about 14.1 per cent of school students are addicted to smoking tobacco. And on the whole, a disturbing 52 per cent of children consume tobacco after getting influenced by role models smoking in movies.
  • Of the numerous carcinogenic or cancer causing substances found in tobacco, nicotine, nitrosamines, arsenic, cyanide, formaldehyde, ammonia and bromide are just a few of the 4000 chemicals found in tobacco.
  • While smoking is a major cause of cancer and impotence in men, it causes miscarriages, early menopause and sudden infant death syndrome in women as well.
  • It is an estimated fact that trillions of cigarette filters filled with toxic chemicals and made of a fibrous plastic called cellulose-acetate, make it into our environment as discarded waste, and can take anywhere between 2-10 years to decompose.
  • There is no relief for passive smokers as well, since second-hand smoke contains more than 50 cancer causing chemical compounds. Therefore, the threat for passive smokers is as real as for active smokers.
  • The toxicity of the nicotine present in tobacco can be gauged from the fact that there is adequate amount of it in 4-5 cigarettes to kill an average adult, if ingested in the raw form.
  • This same nicotine is used industrially as an insecticide and when consumed by humans alters detrimentally the functioning of the brain and the central nervous system.