Smoking has long since been discredited as an extremely dangerous and harmful practice that should be phased out of existence. Although cases of smoking have dramatically decreased in the last couple of decades, the tobacco industry remains a formidable enterprise with high revenue. Just like any crop that is planted and harvested on a mass scale, farmers of tobacco need to ensure that the leaves are able to grow to the best of their potential. For many farmers, this means adding chemicals and pesticides to their fields.
90% of Tobacco Contains Pesticides, Herbicides and GMOs
Yep, you read that right. As if cigarettes and cigars didn’t contain enough chemicals already, new research has revealed that even more harmful synthetics and GMOS are added to the plant in the growing process. This is done largely because tobacco crops are besieged by a wide variety of pests at different parts of the growing process, which means that pesticides are routinely applied to the tobacco leaves throughout the entire time that they are grown. Chemicals are even added to tobacco leaves at the end of the growing process, as herbicides like Roundup are used as a desiccant to dry out the crop before harvest. It’s no secret that cigarettes are packed with chemicals, but researchers have recently discovered that there may be up to 4,000 chemicals present in cigarettes, and an astounding 90% of tobacco contains pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.
Are People As Informed About Cigarettes As They Need To Be?
By now, people know that smoking causes cancer, emphysema and other harmful diseases, but very few people are aware of what the chemical content of these products actually is. This may be the real problem with cigarettes and smoking; that the consumer cannot make an informed decision about what they are putting in their bodies because they simply have no idea. If the actual ingredients were to be listed on the package, many people would likely be more prone to staying away from this harmful practice. But even then, they would not be fully aware of the true effects of smoking, because added GMOs from the growing process would not be included in this list.
GMOs in The Brain
GMOs that are concealed within the tobacco of cigarettes are almost more dangerous then the GMOs of normal food, because of how quickly the chemicals go straight to the brain. While GMOs in food are absorbed into the bloodstream after digestion, the GMOs in tobacco compose the smoke that goes directly into lungs and the brain. When tobacco smoke is inhaled through the nose, it crosses the area around the olfactory nerve that lies directly near the brain. The blood-brain barrier that surrounds this nerve is only 5 inches think, which means that the aerosolized chemicals that make up the smoke go right through, and into the brain.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, nicotine is incredibly addictive, and it makes the habit extremely difficult to stop, even against one’s better judgment. Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid that is found in the nightshade family of plants. While nicotine on its own is incredibly addictive, tobacco companies also add chemicals to it to further enhance the addictive properties.
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