Frequently asked questions
What does cigarette smoke really contain?
Every time you inhale cigarette smoke, you are breathing around 7000 different hazardous substances. At least 70 of these are carcinogenic. Some examples of the substances in cigarette smoke are:
- Carbon monoxide. This is also found in car exhaust fumes, and long-term exposure increases the risk of developing heart and cardiovascular diseases.
- Hydrogen cyanide. This has been used in gas chambers, and even short-term exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
- Ammonia. Used in fertilizers and cleaning agents.
- Cadmium. This is found, among other things, in rechargeable batteries.
- Acetone. Also found in nail varnish remover.
- Glycol. Used in antifreeze solutions.
- In addition, cigarette smoke includes lead, arsenic, and butane.
How long does it take for the body to get rid of these toxic substances?
The toxins in cigarette smoke are expelled from the body within a few days. However, the body’s different systems and organs need a longer period to recover completely. For example, it takes 48 hours for nicotine to be expelled from the body, but the cilia in the airways don’t start to develop again for nine months.
Can you become addicted to nicotine products?
Nicotine products are used to wean the body off nicotine until there is no longer a craving for it. The products are a temporary aid to stop smoking that should be used only according to the predetermined treatment schedule, and only for a limited time. If you use them for an extended period and purely as a substitute for cigarettes, the craving for nicotine may remain unchanged. That’s why it is important that you use the products correctly and follow the recommendations. Nicotine replacement therapies release a significantly smaller amount of nicotine than cigarettes do. It is not the nicotine itself that is hazardous to the body when you smoke, it is the 4,700 other substances in cigarette smoke, 50 of which are carcinogenic. However, it’s nicotine that results in people becoming addicted to cigarettes.
Why do people suffer withdrawal symptoms?
When you smoke, you inhale thousands of different hazardous substances (such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, and nicotine). These substances cause, among other things, increased blood pressure, increased blood-sugar levels and an increase in metabolic rate. When you stop smoking, you can therefore temporarily suffer from reduced blood pressure, a drop in blood-sugar levels and a reduction in metabolic rate. This, in turn, can cause you to feel dizzy, find it difficult to concentrate, suffer hunger pangs, or suffer other withdrawal symptoms. The good news is that these problems gradually decrease as the body recovers and becomes accustomed to functioning without toxins. Four out of five people who stop smoking experience some type of withdrawal symptoms.