Surgeon General Anticipates Tobacco’s Demise

Posted on February 6, 2014 by


In 1964, it was argued that use of tobacco leads to certain cancers in men and women. Ever since cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and other tobacco products have been linked to cancer, more and more addicts have been fighting their addiction.

From 1964 to 2014, the number of smokers decreased inevitably after figuring out that smoking causes cancer in the pancreas, bowel, cervix, kidney, bladder, larynx, pharynx, mouth, stomach, and sinuses.

As scary as it sounds to tobacco users that smoking causes such cancers, some amount of smokers do not care about the notion of self-harm. After all, not all smokers receive cancer from tobacco.

Smoking will not always necessarily give smokers cancer; it just increases that person’s chance of obtaining certain kinds of cancer. For all anyone knows, a non-smoker may get cancer, and the non-smoker’s twin, who smokes, may never get cancer.

According to, there are more than 70 kinds of chemicals in cigarette smoke that are the leading cause of cancer. These chemicals are as follows:

  • Cadmium ( used in batteries)
  • Arsenic (used in wood preservatives)
  • Benzene (refined from crude oil)
  • Tar (mixture of dangerous chemicals)
  • Formaldehyde (used in paint manufacturing)
  • Polonium-210 (highly radioactive element)
  • Chromium (used to manufacture dye, paints, and alloys)
  • 1.3-Butadeine (used in rubber manufacturing)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (dangerous DNA-damaging chemicals)
  • Acrolein (used as a chemical weapon),
  • Nitrosamines (DNA-damaging chemicals)

These are only some of the potentially dangerous chemicals found in cigarette smoke.

The surgeon general is anticipating a “smoke-free society” 50 years from now: the year 2064. Fifty years ago, when smoking tobacco led to cancers of all varieties, it was told no one would want to go back to smoking.

Fifty years later, nothing has changed.

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