• Before exploring health issues synonymous with tobacco smoking, it is useful to look back and define what is a cigarette? 

    A cigarette is a Nicotine Delivery System, a highly refined and carefully engineered product. Cigarettes are designed pacifically to deliver naturally occurring alkaloids like nicotine fast and efficiently to the body avoiding or masking them from the bodies natural defence mechanisms.

    Nicotine is the cause of addiction but cigarettes are laced with up to 600 compounds commonly referred to as additives or flavourings, which mask the serious effects some of these compounds have on the body.

    These ingredients are approved additives in food, however, were not tested by burning them. It is the burning of these substances that changes their properties. When burnt 4000 chemical compounds are made and these do most of the damage to the body, as many of them are toxic and/or carcinogenic. These include over 40 know carcinogenic including Hydrogen cyanide, Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Oxides.

    If a person takes on average 10 hits from a cigarette and smokes between 20 and 30 cigarettes a day they are sending 1mg of nicotine to the brain. That’s 300 hits of cancer causing agents per day while the nicotine addiction leaves you craving for yet another hit.

    To increase the amount of nicotine to the body household cleaners like ammonia are added to tobacco. Up to 40% more nicotine can be delivered faster to the smoker by using ammonia in the manufacture of cigarettes.

    Levulinic acids are added to cigarettes to mask the harsh taste of nicotine. These acids also bind nicotine to the brains receptors and increase the kick felt by the nicotine. The more nicotine that is bound on the receptors the bigger the kick the smoker experiences.

    Glycyrrhizin, liquorice and cocoa are compounds added to cigarettes to make the act of smoking a more enjoyable experience by masking the bitter taste of the nicotine. They are also added because in fact these compounds are bronchodilators, that is they dilate or open up the lungs membranes which allow more nicotine to enter the body.

     what is a cigarette

    Other common additives found in the manufacture of cigarettes are Arsenic (Rat Poison), Formaldehyde (Body Preservative), Acetone (Nail Polish Remover) Hexamine (BBQ Lighter), Cadmium (Rechargeable Batteries), Toluene (Industrial Solvent), DDT (Insecticide), Methanol (Rocket Fuel) and Lead (Petrol Fumes).

    In 1995 Philip Morris recalled 8 billion cigarettes after traces of the chemical methyl isothiocyanate (Pesticide) were found in its filters. Internal documents from the Liggett Group revealed arsenic, DDT and taxophene were found in their products. Tobacco is now grown in developing countries were high, often unregulated use of pesticides are used. In the three months from seedbed to transplanting Kenyan farmers are recommended there should be 16 separate applications of pesticides on their crops.

    1000 people give up smoking everyday – they die! View images of the Silent Killer.

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  • Saturday 9 April 2005 Perry

    Wrote the lyrics for The Smoking Man. I know how the music should go; I can hear it in my head. I should never have sold my Les Paul! Will have to meet up with MS to write and record music when I get time. We had fun last time working together on the Elvisesq songs for my short film ‘King of Kommunication’ that is still in production limbo.

    The Smoking Man

    Lyrics – Perry Stevens

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    No gun to my head

    Money in my hand

    I sell contradiction

    To feed your addiction

     

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    Rebellion is confusion

    Freedom is illusion

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    And I can’t change the world

    But I can change the world in me

    And I gotta let you know

    Gotta show corporate hypocrisy

     

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    No gun to my head

    Money in my hand

    I don’t want to be held to blame

    When the world goes up in flames

     

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    Millions dead or live in pain

    This hell on earth is so insane

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    And I can’t change the world

    But I can change the world in me

    And I gotta let you know

    Gotta show corporate hypocrisy

     

    We live and we die

    By the choices we make

    To stand aside or hide

    From the truth would be a mistake

    (and I gotta let you know)

     

    No sex, no colour

    No race, no creed

    Killing your customers

    Is greed, greed, greed

     

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    No gun to my head

    Money in my hand

    Blackened lungs or amputee

    Death releases us from misery

     

    I’m the man

    I’m the man

    I’m the smoking man

    Nicotine delivery is the business

    Y’all burn in hell with God as your witness

    Copyright Perry Stevens  April 2005 All rights reserved.

    You can watch my short film ‘King of Kommunication’ here. Enjoy; )

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvzcyKipRo

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  • I’m not a smoker. I’m not an anti smoker. I have never tried to stop anyone from smoking before in my life and I’ve been around smokers all my life. My Father has been a heavy smoker since the age of 13 (he’s now 69) and both my younger brothers smoke. I wish they didn’t but I believe if you want to cease smoking it has to come from your own decision to stop smoking. That next cigarette, you light it or you don’t. It’s your choice.

    Light Me Up, Strike Me Down is my unique journey of my life with and without cigarettes.  I hope this blog inspires you to make an inspired and informed decision that will free you to live a long, beautiful and full life, a life of freedom and a life of joy. Free from the slavery of cigarette addiction…

    >> Learn How to Stop Smoking the Easyway <<

    Perry ; )

    My motto: I can’t change the world but I can change the world in me.

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