To say that Big Tobacco had been lying to the American public would be a bit of an understatement. Needless to say, since this big ugly bit of reality had been exposed to U.S. citizens in the 90s, cigarettes have officially been labeled “taboo” and pretty much lost all vestiges of civility that were once placed on boxes; and with extremely good reason. After all, when you take a closer look at how many toxins cigarettes contain and the poor regulations on these little sticks, you can see why addiction, breathing disorders, and other sicknesses, like cancer, have become so severe. Let’s take a closer look at some deadly secrets about cigarette toxins.
Lack of Testing
After the U.S. government approved the Comprehensive Smoking Act in 1984 and the Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act in 1986, officials confirmed that cigarette manufacturers and the producers of smokeless tobacco share the same lineup of toxic ingredients for the development of their products. Until these laws were approved, though, Big Tobacco had kept its stash of 599 chemicals a complete secret from the public. Only after these two Acts were released in 1994 did five big-brand cigarette companies release its lineup of toxins to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Keep in mind that, despite being fully approved for use on food production, none of these chemicals had been tested via burning or heating techniques.
One Arsenic, Cyanide, and Benzene Cocktail Coming Up!
As a result of investigations, officials have confirmed that cigarette smoke contains a staggering 7,000 chemicals (and counting), including 250 poisons and 70 carcinogens. Some infamous inclusions are arsenic, benzene, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide, among many more dangerous poisons. So, the next time you are considering going back to cigarettes, just consider the cocktail you are about to dive back into.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.