reply to post by Chewingonmushrooms
Formaldehyde is a byproduct of combustion as well as a byproduct of the decomposition of organic matter. You are most exposed to formaldehyde in a
crowded room of people and formaldehyde that is emitted from the slow decomposition of building materials (particularly particle board)
Cigarette companies DO NOT add formaldehyde to tobacco. It is naturally present as the tobacco slowly decomposes and also as a by-product of
Lead and all the metals are naturally present in the soil (that is where metals come from). The tobacco plant uptakes lead, arsenic, cyanide as it
grows. The open-air combustion of tobacco is not hot enough to destroy the metals naturally in the plant and it simply goes into the smoke.
By the way - if the list of metals contained in tobacco smoker scares you - don't look at the metals in drinking water and compare the two. It will
make your hair stand on end.
These metals are also naturally present in all the food you eat.
Comments to people trying to quit smoking - the success rate quoted for the various nicotene replacement devices (ie patches, gums etc) are all from
studies where the patient trying to quit was also provided with intensive counselling and support. The success rate quoted is also based on only a
6-week quit length.
In actuality - nicotene replacement devices have a less than 2 % success rate. They are simply not worth the money.
As for Champix and Welbutrin - the side effects are much much worse than for smoking and occur immediately and at a higher rate than the ones for
smoking. Champix may well provoke uncharacteristic episodes of violence where you not only kill yourself but your loved ones as well.
Now if you want a real quit method that has a 50 % quit rate - here it is!
1. Do enough research to get it into your head that nicotene is NOT addictive. This is a propaganda trick used by the anti-tobacco crowd to portray
smokers as helpless addicts. In order to better sue the tobacco companies. The fact is that nicotene - when it is oxidised (burned) turns at least
partially into nicotenic acid, Better known as Vitamin B. Can anyone be said to be addicted to a vitamin.
2. Vitamin B has been shown to have very positive neurogenic effects. At one time - in the southern United States - there was a pellegra epidemic.
The epidemic was caused by a corn based diet deficit in Vitamin B. The disease causes thickening of skin and eventually dementia similar to
schizophrenia. A lot of people were getting pellegra except for smokers - one doctor finally figured out that it was a Vitamin B deficiency and was
laughed at and ridiculed. Eventually, he was exonerated and Vitamin was added to bread in order to prevent pellegra.
Some people - particularly people who received chronic shocks in childhood (ususally from abuse but perhaps just life events in general) find smoking
to be very soothing. The reason is because if you are subjected to the stress of multiple shocks in childhood - your "flight or fight" response
because stuck in the "on" position. As a result, you may find it difficult to deal with the ordinary stress of life.
For these people - I say "smoke em if you got em". The so-called health effects of smoking usually occur after the age of 60 (if they occur at all
and they really only occur in about 10 % of smokers). The stress of trying to live may have worse health effects than smoking.
The same advice goes for people suffering from mental disorders like depression, manic-depression, schizophrenia ect. Leave those people alone.
Smoking controls their symptoms and allows them some peace from their demons. Notice how the use of psychiatric drugs has risen while the incidence
of smoking in the population has decreased.
3. If you have decided to quit smoking - do what 50 million other people did in the 1970s - take the cigarette out of your mouth and don't put it
back in! Cold turkey has a 50 % success rate. Honestly, I quit for 3 years and after the first 24 hours, the symptoms are no worse then giving up
coffee! Those cravings that everyone fears to no end, last only about 30 seconds and the incidence decreases with every passing day. Human beings
are designed to seek pleasure. Smoking is a pleasurable activity. Your craving to smoke is simply an urge to seek pleasure and can be denied just
like you deny yourself a chocolate bar!
TIRED OF CONTROL FREAKS
TIRED OF CONTROL FREAKS