If you ever smoked cigarettes or were close to a smoker, then you are probably aware of something called a “light” cigarette. As an alternative (if you can call it that) to traditional cigarettes, these lighter varieties, also branded as “ultra-light” or “mild,” were marketed as healthier, low-tobacco options for smokers who were sick and tired of breathing in noxious clouds of smoke and tar. Still, the question remains: why are these light and ultra-light cigarettes just as dangerous as their cousins? We believe the answer is obvious. Let’s take a closer look and find out more information.
The Qualities of a Light Cigarette
So what exactly is the difference between a regular cigarette and a light cigarette?
As you may have guessed already, the difference relies on the quantity of tar in each cigarette. Here are the quantities of three types of cigarettes, labeled by manufacturers:
- Ultra-light: 7mg or less of tar
- Light: 8-14 mg of tar
- Full-flavor: 15 mg or more tar
Keep in mind that the machine-smoked tar will be much smaller than the quantity consumed by smokers on average.
Little Sticks of Deceit
Obviously, light cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes for many reasons. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that people who switch from full-flavor to light are still consuming the same quantities of toxins, chemicals, and poisons. Contrary to what Big Tobacco says on its marketing taglines, these little sticks will not give smokers any benefits. In fact, the only “gift” these cigarettes grant users is a hoarse cough and slew of health problems.
The only way you can heal yourself is to stop smoking altogether and to live a cleaner, healthier life. Who wants to be surrounded by a private smog cloud, anyway?
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.