Monday, June 25, 2007

Yummy Cadmium

The 7th Day 100% smoke free! Chantix Day 19. I woke up today feeling like I think I am kind of getting into this not smoking thing. With eyes half closed, I poured a bowl of cereal so that I could take my Chantix without nausea, and it wasn't until I was eating it that I realized how much of a habit that part of my day has become after years of not eating breakfast. Just as I had breakfast without thinking, I hope also that not smoking becomes just as natural to me - it's starting to already for longer stretches. I know I'm on my way.

On the Chantix GetQuit thing today, there was mention of some of the chemicals and ingredients in cigarettes. I already knew that there was a long ass list of bad things, and I could even name a few of them, but for some reason seeing Cadmium, used in batteries, really got my attention. What would possess me to put that in my body? If that's not bad enough, Cadmium is one of only 4000 chemicals (!). Wow. I slept through health class, I guess - I mean I knew it was bad, really bad, really very damn bad, but that bad? Sheesh.

Looking at this list is mind blowing - 3 and a half pages of ingredients listed in small print. Then there was this list at that also encourages people to get riled up enough about ingesting toilet bowl cleaner type ingredients (like ammonia) with each puff that we finally decide to quit once and for all since the reason all this scary crap is in there is so that we can smoke more - in particular, the ammonia ensures more nicotine is absorbed, meaning more of that kick we crave when it hits the brain. Cute little science trick, huh? Why am I just now really starting to get it? I've been hearing this for years yet somehow have been tuning it out convincing myself that nobody put rat poison (cyanide) in *my* cigarettes, just all of someone else's. I feel stupid. And pissed off. Pissed of enough that I'm ready to stay quit this time for real, for good. Those bastards.

If you are looking for something to do with non-smoking idle hands, here's a little quiz where you can match cigarette chemicals to other ways they are used - disgusting, effective, makes my little urge to smoke vanish for a few minutes. In fact the entire quitting section of the website has a lot of great information and resources about quitting smoking. It's the "National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC), a service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)" (mouthful, that), but most of the smoking info should work for the guys, too, I bet.

And so that I don't end on a sour and pissed off note after all of this, from that same long name website for chicks, here are some happy thoughts to ponder as well:

Calendar if you quit smoking right now
Independence from Smoking Home > Tools > Calendar if you quit smoking right now

Within 20 minutes: Your blood pressure drops. The temperature in your hands and feet rises.

Within 8 hours: The carbon monoxide (a gas that can be toxic) in your blood drops to normal.

Tomorrow: Your chance of having a heart attack goes down.

Jun. 26, 2007: You can taste and smell things better.

Jul. 08, 2007 - Sep. 24, 2007: You have better circulation. Your lungs are working better.

Jul. 24, 2007 - Mar. 24, 2008: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease. Your lungs start to function better, lowering your risk of lung infections.

Jun. 24, 2008: Your risk for heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

Jun. 24, 2012: Your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn't smoke.

Jun. 24, 2017: Your risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a smoker's. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.

Jun. 24, 2022: Your risk of heart disease is now the same as someone who doesn't smoke.

Current as of March 2007


  1. Isn't it just unbelieveable all the crap they put in tobacco..

    Gonna bookmark those print em out and keep em in the places I used to smoke.

  2. great story. Thanks for the information. I also dugg it so everyone can see it

  3. Great idea, Lakasha! I might do the same. Not sure I have enough paper to print all those lists...

    Thanks, Marcus!!

  4. How perfect those dates are for my quit. These past few days it feels like I'm finally opening my eyes... I was totally tuned out to so many things, myself. A real "determined" smoker.

    The nic-fitter is still trying to come up with reasons to keep smoking... but now when I hear those evil whispers, I think they sound incredibly stupid. Progress? I hope so.


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