Why has availability and use of tobacco continued in spite the medical evidence that it is a health risk? It’s because Nicotine is a powerful drug and smokers of tobacco are drug addicts in exactly the same way that junkies that shoot up heroin are also drug addicts. In terms of drug abuse, it is the same thing, legal or not. If you are a regular smoker of tobacco, you are a drug addict. End of story.
The United States became ‘addicted’ to the revenues produced by taxes placed upon tobacco products, which is why the fed has not stopped its production. It is all about the money…..and if you continue to smoke, you are not only a drug addict, you are also contributing to corruption. Gee, you must be SO proud of yourself!
“As an instrument of financial policy tobacco is unique. It is not clear why this should be, but the tradition is now well established. In fact tobacco has two distinct functions, one as a consumable article and the other as a revenue earner, which at times appears to secure conflicting official treatment” (Akehurst, 1981, p15).
The dishonest tobacco industry has fought the professional medical studies, informed opinions, and the interpretation of the data relating to health. They have established a set of strategies to counter the news from the medical community and, of course, druggies (tobacco addicts) do everything in their power to continue to help the tobacco industry along….BECAUSE THEY ARE DRUG ADDICTS. Drug addicts love their drugs. They will rationalize their drug addiction until the end of time, BECAUSE they are addicts. They will downplay things by reminding us that like gun ownership, smoking is a personal choice. Really? I beg to differ. Most drug addicts can’t just stop their addictions. It costs big money to get off of drugs….and much more willpower than the typical smoker has.
The current anti-tobacco climate started with medical and scientific research that links tobacco use to a wide variety of health problems. These health problems are often left as responsibilities to the smokers’ family members. They count on family and friends to care for them when they get sick, and they bleed government resources because their illnesses are serious. The first action of the tobacco industry after all of this negative information came out about smoking, was, of course, to dispute the research findings. They still do it….and the stupid smokers just keep on puffing….
The images conveyed is that tobacco industry leaders are these well educated, concerned professionals that cautiously examine all of the issues. They will not let hysteria or public opinion sway or cloud their judgement. “We also believe that until scientific research can establish what actually causes the diseases with which smoking has been statistically associated, it would be unfair to advocate any law prohibiting the sale of cigarettes” (RJ Reynolds, 1987).
Based upon the apparent definition of cause or proof none of the 40,000 (!!!) or so research studies on the tobacco and ill health link seem to live up to the definition of “harm” as defined by the tobacco industry leaders. Smokers are just as bad. The drug that is Nicotine enables them to safely deny…deny….deny….and one of the things that they deny is the fact that if they smoke, THEY ARE DRUG ADDICTS.
You can look at a picture of a heroin addict and see how horrible he or she looks, but for some reason, the addict never has an accurate idea of what THEIR drug addictions are doing to them. Here are some ways in which smoking contributes to making people ugly:
Bags under the eyes
If you smoke, you’re four times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep, according to Johns Hopkins study. Nightly nicotine withdrawal can cause one to toss and turn while trying to sleep.
To be fair, psoriasis is an autoimmune-related skin condition that can show up even if you never touch a cigarette……BUT if you do smoke, your risk for the scaly skin condition goes up—a lot. I know one smoker that uses an app called, Facetune” to erase all of her wrinkles because the smoking has ravaged her skin and she has to look better for her selfies. I am assured by her roommate that she does NOT look all peachy in person.
According to a 2007 study, if you smoke a pack a day for 10 years or less, psoriasis risk goes up 20%; 11–20 years and your risk is 60% higher; and for those who pass the two-decade mark, the psoriasis risk more than doubles. (Even secondhand smoke during pregnancy or childhood is linked to a higher risk.)
Ugly Teeth and Receding Gums
The nicotine in cigarettes that can stain teeth and also contribute to receding gums. So in addition to the escalating costs of buying and smoking cigarettes, add in the cost of tooth whitening. A professional procedure to clean your teeth costs an average of $500 to $1,000. However, if your gums are also receding, as is the case with a certain smoker that I know of, the whitest teeth in the universe won’t improve your appearance.
Sure, smoking gives you stinky breath. But did you know that, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), nearly half of all smokers will suffer from gum disease and that the preponderance of them will lose teeth by the time they’re 65? It’s true. Oh, and have you heard that according to the American Cancer Society 90 percent of all the people who suffer from oral cancers (mouth, lips, tongue, throat) are smokers? Yup….and the majority of time, their spouses, children and the Federal Government PAY for their care. What a selfish, selfish thing to do to one’s family and country. It is downright abusive and unpatriotic!
While both of those effects may take a while to manifest, the yellowing of your teeth becomes readily apparent. Here’s why. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that the 4,000 toxic chemicals found in tar deposit a “sticky residue” on the surface of your teeth. Couple that with the fact that the same chemicals coat your teeth with plaque and your (formerly) pearly whites don’t stand a chance.
Yeah, but surely those stains can be easily removed, right? Not completely. According to the ADA, the discoloration caused by tar and other chemicals in the tobacco are harder to remove than other stains because the smoke actually penetrates the tooth enamel.
If the fear of yellow (or no) teeth doesn’t propel you to quit, how about a hairy tongue? (That’s not a typo.) Hairy tongue or black tongue is a condition that arises in heavy smokers when the cells on their tongue stop their normal shedding patterns. It results in an overgrowth of bacteria and the appearance of dark hair-like growths that are a combination of fungi and old skin cells. Enough said.
Premature Wrinkles and Aging
Experts agree that smoking accelerates aging, so that smokers look 3-5 years older than nonsmokers, on average. Why the wrinkles? Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which deprives your skin of oxygen making it lackluster and dull. Also, nicotine, (the addictive troublemaker that it is) restricts blood vessels, which slows down blood, oxygen and nutrient flow to your skin leaving it sallow and dry. And, to make matters worse, because smoking damages your lungs and other body parts, most of your body’s vitamin C supply is dispatched to help try and repair the harm to those parts leaving little, if any, left over to fix your skin, which is a lesser man on the totem pole.
Experts agree that the chemicals in smoke are so toxic that they wither/damage hair follicles. And Dr. Wilma F. Bergfeld, head of clinical research in the department of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic, says that smoking also constricts blood vessels and hampers circulation, which prematurely ages those same follicles. The result? Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to have thinning strands. Add in the fact that smoking also increases the levels of DHT (a hormone that is a major contributor to hair loss) and you may be shopping for Rogaine before you know it.
Ok….now about stopping….
The best essential oils for quitting smoking
I am an advocate of using natural healing remedies for many, many different things. More and more evidence is accruing that suggests the effectiveness of essential oils. There are certain essential oils that are shown to be quite effective when trying to stop smoking. One of the most scientifically substantiated options is the essential oil of black pepper. This is the one to use for those horrible cravings that cause you to fail time after time, when you attempt to stop. Black pepper actually simulates the feeling of smoking, which in turn curbs your cravings.
In fact, there have been studies showing that black pepper essential oils effectively helped smokers decrease their cravings. One study in particular investigated the effects of a cigarette substitute providing a vapor of black pepper essential oil. A few details from the study:
- 48 cigarette smokers took part in an overnight deprivation session.
- There were three conditions where participants smoked the following out of a device: black pepper oil cartridge, mint/menthol cartridge, and an empty cartridge.
- Cigarette cravings were greatly reduced in the black pepper condition.
- Symptoms of anxiety were also lessened in the group that inhaled the black pepper essential oil.
In another study published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20 nicotine users (including cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco) were asked to try aromatherapy instead. Those who inhaled the black pepper oil went significantly longer without a craving than those who did not partake in the oil.
Rub Lavender Oil or Doterra Grounding Blend on back of neck or rub on feet.
Put a drop of Lavender Oil on pillow before going to bed.
Diffuse Calming Oil Blend in the air or rub Grounding Blend on the bottom of your feet. Since it’s on your hands, cup your hands over your mouth and breathe in deeply.