Diseases Cancer

What Makes Cigarettes Cancerous

Introduction

Most people understand how cigarettes can cause lung cancer. Smoking was first a habit performed by males and was thought to make you look cool. It is now a world wide problem and even teens are smoking. A cigarette contains many ingredients to make them cancerous. There are different levels of carcinogens that can cause cancer.

The groups are 1 which does cause cancer in humans, 2A these might cause cancer in humans, 2B these could cause cancer in humans, group 3 these are unclassified as causing cancer in humans and group 4 which will probably not cause cancer. One of the main carcinogens in cigarettes is nitrosamines, which is found in the tobacco. Cigarettes made in the United States have more nitrosamines in their cigarettes than any other country.

History

The tobacco in cigarettes varies from one manufacturer to another, and not all cigarettes contain the same ingredients to make them cancerous. Menthol cigarettes contain fiberglass that can be inhaled into the lungs every time someone takes a hit off of the cigarette. This is not to say that all menthol cigarettes contain fiber glass, but some do. Some of the other cancer causing ingredients include arsenic, ammonia, and other cancer causing ingredients. One of the easiest ways to help yourself avoid these cancerous sticks is to never start. If you have started, it is advisable to stop before you get addicted to nicotine which is a chemical that is commonly used in cigarettes. Nicotine is what gets its claws hooked into you and causes you to crave a cigarette when you try to stop smoking.

Features

In addition to cigarettes being cancerous, they can attribute to many other diseases that one gets and make them worse. The primary cause of lung cancer is smoking or being exposed to second hand smoke. It can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and artery disease. Smoking is addictive and many people will try for years to quit and can not do it without help. Sometimes, they will seek the help of devices that have been created to help one quit. Some of these include a nicotine patch and nicotine gum. These may not be any safer than having a cigarette, because you are still getting the nicotine that is the addictive ingredient in cigarettes. There is also a new drug on the market that you can take and also smoke with. Many people have been able to stop smoking using these pills, but they have been known to have some bad side effects for people to include suicidal thoughts.

Tips and comments


It may be easy for a non-smoker to say just stop smoking those cancerous things to a smoker. But it is not that easy to quit. Many people will try to stop smoking and fail and give up trying to stop. Some even have the diseases that go with smoking and continue. If you are thinking of quitting, go talk to your doctor. They will be able to give you the best advice on what could work for you. Just like trying to lose weight, you could have many failures before you find a way to stop smoking that works for you.

By Sally Vigil, published at 02/21/2012
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