Nowadays, everyone (even the non-smokers) are fully knowledgeable of what dangerous chemicals are put in cigarettes. From the addictive drug nicotine to a slew of carbon products and poisons, these little sticks are precursors to a life of pain, unhappiness, and health problems (including cancer). However, did you know that cigarettes actually contain radioactive materials? Even more disturbing, these substances embed in the lung tissue as soon as they are inhaled, which may only contribute to even more severe health problems down the road. So, which substances are we referring to specifically? Two notable radioactive materials scientists have found in cigarettes are lead-210 (PB-210) and polonium-210 (PO-210), extremely poisonous chemicals that can easily scatter through tobacco smoke (increasing the danger for the smoker and the non-smoker alike). Let’s take a closer look at these deadly chemicals and find out more about the radioactive components of cigarettes.
What Are Lead-210 and Polonium-210?
Once uranium (a naturally occurring ore) begins to break down, radium is released into radon gas particles into the atmosphere. After this happens, the radon gas decays, ultimately producing the two elements lead-210 and polonium-210 (better known as radon decay products). On average, radon is the second most widespread contributor to lung cancer and kills an estimated 21,000 Americans every year. Besides radon, cigarette smoke is the first cause of death, wit a kill-count of 158,080 (from lung cancer). At times, radon can leak through the cracks in our homes, but it is also a component in phosphate fertilizers (products that are used by tobacco farmers). Due to the fact that these two chemicals are not water-soluble, lead-210 and polonium-210 are found in the finished tobacco products that are distributed on the market.
Side Effects of Inhaling Radioactive Chemicals
Once people take a puff off cigarettes, lead-210 and polonium-210 cling to the tar that flows through the bronchioles (junctions of passageways in the lungs). According to recent studies, these chemicals will build up over time and eventually spawn radioactive focal points, which can severely warp DNA. As a result of this buildup of radioactive particles, the smokers are highly susceptible to lung cancer, due to the permanent residence of these two chemicals.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Cigarettes are incredibly dangerous devices that can inflict tremendous damage on your mind and body, but imagine the terrible damage radioactive materials can inflict. Always remember, though, you can prevent this from happening. Are you suffering from cigarette abuse or a severe case of nicotine addiction? Is one of your friends or your loved ones also suffering from one of these problems? In either case, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to break away from cigarettes for good.