Cigarette Smoking: Alarming Discovery About Cigarettes, New Study Reveals; Most Smokers No Idea What They're Really Inhaling
The fight against smoking looks bleak as the new study about cigarette reveals an alarming truth. If you're a smoker, this disturbing new report should be a real concern for you.
BMC Public Health published the study and revealed that cigarette smoke contains some 4,800 chemicals. The new report says many of these chemicals are cancer-causing substances (carcinogen), but most smokers do not have the exact information of what they are inhaling from cigarette smoking, as stated by Biomed Central.
The study suggests that more important facts about the chemical content of cigarette smoke should be open to consumers. That is not just to give them the idea of what they inhale when smoking, but to help them understand the real dangers of cigarette smoking.
It is easy to assume that most people are aware of the dangers of smoking, but the new report says that many young adults and smokers are very curious in knowing this information. However, the problem is such information is not available.
The study was based on a national telephone survey that involved around 5,000 people over the age of 18, and collecting data on low-income areas that appear to have higher rate of cigarette use. IT show that 27.5 percent of adults searched information about tobacco smoke, notably for cancer-causing substances and other health concerns. Young adults (18-25 years old) registered the largest percentage at 37.2 percent, and another 34.3 were cigarette users.
Marcella Boynton, lead author of the research in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a statement that making the tobacco chemical information open to the public and tobacco industry providing such information will help both smokers and those wanting to start smoking get a clear picture of the deadly chemicals present in tobacco products.
"Given the FDA's role of communicating the harms of tobacco use, the researchers sought to understand how tobacco product users and non-users perceive the credibility of the FDA. Participants were asked if they had ever heard of the FDA and if they believed that the FDA could effectively regulate tobacco products. The vast majority of US adults surveyed (94.6%) reported having heard of the FDA, but awareness was lower amongst young adults, those with lower education, low numeracy and those living in poverty. The majority of both smokers (66.6%) and non-smokers (65.0%) believed that the FDA could effectively regulate tobacco products," added Boynton.