Denial is a defensive coping mechanism for not facing up to the reality of nicotine drug addiction. There are over 40 chemicals found in cigarette smoke that are known carcinogens – that’s 40 good reasons to give up smoking now! Tobacco smoke is more dangerous to health than nicotine.
More than 4,000 compounds are found in cigarettes, and though it is the nicotine that causes addiction, these compounds do the bulk of the damage to the body
The human body builds a tolerance to nicotine and the effect of the drug is reduced over time. In 1988 the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that nicotine in tobacco is addictive. Nicotine addiction is similar to heroin or cocaine addiction.
Smoking is responsible for almost 90% of lung cancers amongst men, and more than 70% amongst women
As a radiation oncologist, I treat patients with lung cancer every day. One of them is a 31 year old woman now receiving palliative (temporizing) treatment for her widespread small cell lung cancer compressing blood vessels in her chest and making her very short of breath.
Smoking is a greater cause of death and disability than any other single disease. “Smoking kills almost six times as many people as road and other accidents, suicide, murder, manslaughter, poisoning, overdoses and HIV all put together”