Ultimately, cadmium is a bit of a complicated substance. Obviously, whenever you try to find a new power source for your flashlight or any other device that is lying around the house, you will probably flip through cadmium batteries at the drug or hardware store. However, what you might not know is that this is a naturally-occurring substance which can also be produced by means of smelting (heating ores and melting the byproduct). Even stranger, you might have consumed this chemical in some foods. However, did you know that cadmium is also present in cigarettes and, even worse, can possibly trigger cancer? Let’s take a closer look at the connection between a component of batteries and cigarettes.
A Little Cadmium Sprinkles on Top
On average, a single cigarette contains between an estimated one to two micrograms of cadmium, but, when the chemical is burned, these levels can increase to 1,000 to 3,000 ppb. So what could make this situation even more complicated and dangerous? Medical professionals warn 40-60% of cadmium contained in the byproduct smoke of cigarettes can completely bypass the lungs and enter the rest of the body. In essence, this means that one smoker will inhale an extra one to three micrograms, more than non-smokers will absorb in their entire lives.
Is There a Safe Level of Exposure?
Obviously, by this point, you will be eager to ask the question, “Is there a safe quantity of cadmium that my body can absorb?” According to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the “safe quantity” of cadmium for humans is 5 ppb. Incidentally, this amount will not cause any long-lasting harm to our bodies.
Side Effects of Unsafe Cadmium Absorption
Much like the rest of the toxins in cigarette smoke, short-term exposure to this chemical can result in irritating and debilitating side effects like:
- Queasiness, nausea, and/or vomiting;
- Bowel problems, including diarrhea;
- Excessive salivation;
- Cramps in the muscles;
- Convulsions; and
- Renal failure.
As for whether or not this chemical causes cancer, scientists are still debating about this possibility. Still, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have warned people that cadmium may trigger this dangerous disease.
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.