Friday, 14 March 2008

Trying to quit smoking? Watch this

This video is an experiment that was conducted in Oita, Japan to illustrate just how much tar goes into your lungs when you smoke. 400 cigarettes (or 20 packs) are unwrapped and individually burned through a process called the electrolization method.

The smoke from the cigarettes are drawn through a small bottle of water (the water acts much like your lungs) before the smoke is released into the air. Note the color of the water as more and more tar is collected in it.

After the tar is extracted from the cigarettes into the water, the liquid is boiled in a process known as the vaporization method. Take a look at what is left behind.

Points to ponder:

If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, 7.2 grams of tar like that shown in the video is deposited in your lungs every 1.25 months.

If you smoke 5 cigarettes a day, this same amount of tar is deposited every 2 months.

If you smoke 2 cigarettes a day, this amount of tar is deposited in your lungs every 6.75 months.

If you are exposed to second hand smoke on a regular basis, it could take a year or more to have 7.2 grams of tar deposited in your lungs. No matter how long it takes, would you honestly want a glob of sticky, chemical-laden tar in your lungs?

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