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Most people think they know the facts about smoking: it’s bad for you, it causes cancer, and secondhand smoke is dangerous. But there might be a little bit more to cigarettes than just that. Here are the facts you actually want to know.
1. There are currently 1.1 billion smokers in the world, and that number is actually expected to rise in the next ten years.
2. In four to five cigarettes, there’s enough nicotine to kill the average adult if they were to ingest all of it. Thankfully most smokers only take in about 1-2 milligrams of the 8 or 9 in the cigarette. The rest is burned off.
3. Ambergris, a substance produced in the digestive systems of whales, is sometimes used as a flavoring in cigarettes.
4. Hydrogen cyanide is one of the byproducts in cigarette smoke. It also happened to have been used as a genocidal chemical agent in World War II.
5. Each cigarette someone smokes is expected to reduce their lifespan by 11 minutes.
6. It is actually entirely legal for minors to smoke cigarettes in the US. What’s illegal is for them to buy cigarettes.
7. The first ever anti-smoking campaign in the world was led by Adolf Hitler.
8. When Europeans first learned to smoke from Native Americans, they were arrested when they returned home. Other people thought they were possessed by the devil.
9. There is a clause in Apple warranties that specifies the warranty is void if you smoke near the computer.
10. Many famous people have smoked, but few started as young as John Adams, second president of the USA. He began at age 8.
11. The number of Chinese individuals who smoke is higher than the whole population of the U.S.
12. Manufactured cigarette companies are actually increasing the amount of nicotine in their products. Between 1997 and 2005, the amount increased by as much as 11%.
13. Across the world, more men smoke than women. The U.S. is the only place where women even come close, with 22% of women smoking and 35% of men smoking.