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CAUSES OF AGING - SMOKING

 

Impact of Nicotine on Aging

Nicotine is also a very potent insecticide, used as a natural alternative to chemical pest control substances. In humans, it acts as an effective nerve poison with a number of potentially harmful side effects. In small doses it may increase blood pressure, dangerous for those with heart conditions.

Nicotine has also been shown in recent studies to increase your chance of developing cancer due to its retarding affect on the bodies ability to dispose of damaged cells. This propensity is additional to those cancers previously recognised to be linked to the tar in tobacco. The significance of this is for those using nicotine patches and gums. are raising their likelihood of getting cancer.

The lethal dosage, according to Poison/Toxicology by Jay Arena is 60mg for a 150 pound (68kg) male. This is less than both arsenic and strychnine.

  • American cigarettes contain approximately 9mg of nicotine each
  • New Zealand cigarettes contain approximately 19mg each.

However, after burning only about 1mg enters the body over the course of smoking an entire cigarette. Whilst this is well below the lethal dosage, over time this poison can weaken the immune system and cause fatigue and other minor illnesses.

Much more nicotine enters the body through chewing tobacco and many nicotine patches/gums than through smoking cigarettes. An average pinch of chew held in the mouth for half an hour provides as much nicotine as smoking three or four cigarettes.

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