BURNING INCENSE TO SATAN
It wasn't too long ago that tobacco companies actually touted the "benefits" of cigarette smoking. Things like: "Breath more oxygen!" or "Tobacco is natural!" Today, however, it's all too obvious that cigarettes kill. Or is it? That's the problem. Despite decades of scientific research which speaks about the damage done to our bodies by smoking - many of us still think we can escape this trauma. So let's talk about this damage, and its exacting collateral.
To start with, Nicotine is one of the deadliest poisons in existence. It exceeds the status of strychnine, rattlesnake venom, arsenic, and cyanide. As if this weren't enough, cigarettes contain over 4,000 other chemicals, 200 known poisons. The process of inhaling replaces the oxygen content in your blood with deadly Carbon Monoxide (CO2) - the same byproduct of your car's gasoline engine or your home furnace. In combination with the other chemicals, a whole host of problems then erupts. These include, but are not limited to:
Significant brain damage resulting from lack of oxygen and direct exposure to poisons.
Annihilation of lung tissue and red blood cells, decimating your aerobic endurance.
Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), destruction of join tissue (arthritis, grout).
Turning major organs including the pancreas, liver, and kidneys into toxic waste dumps.
Staining and corroding teeth, gums, taste-buds, and olfactory organs (smell).
Collateral damage to the immune system and cellular DNA from carcinogen exposure.
A major contributor to the leading causes of death, including stroke, heart disease, and cancer.
And those are just the deadly issues. They don't even begin to address the physical appearance or social concerns. Things like stained hands, skin, clothing. Rotted gums and teeth. Aging and wrinkling of the skin. Repulsive odor. The fact that second hand smoke inhalation is worse for others around you. Induced allergic reactions. Stealing your time and money.
Ultra-greedy corporations want young people to think smoking is cool - so they start early and get hooked from peer pressure. They want older people to keep smoking so they can line their pockets. They want us to think a cigarette will make us feel better about our real problems - even though they really don't. But brainwashing does work, so cigarettes keep getting sold.
Please, if we choose to believe in ourselves, if we choose to care about something greater than ourselves, we can make a choice to stop the death and destruction before it's too late. These companies are destroying our lives, destroying our world. Quit for yourself, for your friends, for humanity. You can make your life so much better.