Have you ever heard of a chemical called benzene? Ultimately, this clear, flammable liquid substance is found is produced during volcanic eruptions and forest fires and is a common component in coal tar and crude oil deposits. Obviously, this would be at the top of your list for items to suck in through your lungs, right? We honestly hope you say, “No.” However, as scary as this may sound, benzene is not only a common component of cigarettes but is also one of the most widely utilized chemicals used in our country to date. In essence, smoking a cigarette is literally identical to sucking on the tailpipe of a running car. Let’s take a closer look at the toxin called benzene and the threat it poses to smokers everywhere.

Polluting the Air

Did you know that cigarettes are the main reason that benzene is present inside homes and other interior spaces around the world? Even worse, smokers and non-smokers are exposed to this dangerous toxin when they inhale secondhand smoke. Likewise, 50% of people’s exposure to this toxic chemical in any location is a direct result of smoking cigarettes.

What Can It Do to You?

Here is where the situation becomes frightening. Even after one year, people who are exposed to benzene will experience mutations or rapid changes in their blood cells. Due to these warped blood cells and damage to the bone marrow, many victims will suffer from aplastic anemia and severe bleeding. Even more disturbing, benzene has been directly connected to cases of leukemia, specifically acute myeloid leukemia. Medical professionals have also determined that smokers are putting themselves at risk for acute/chronic lymphocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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.


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