7 - UP IN SMOKE
This Won't Hurt A Bit
Smoking has been around since at least 5000BC. This episode we discuss the myriad problems with smoking. Specifically we discuss the effects of Cigarettes and Vaping. Oh, and we tell you some interesting facts about Marijuana that you may not know.
In this episode
- 02:40 - What is the worst thing to do for your health that medicine discovered?
- 03:45 - What makes cigarettes so bad for you?
- 04:39 - How can smoking lead to cancer?
- 09:16 - How many deaths are caused by smoking?
- 12:12 - What are some effects of marijuana that you probably don’t know about?
- 13:28 - What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?
- 18:39 - Can vaping help someone quit smoking?
- 20:01 - Is vaping safe?
- 22:22 - What is some good news when it comes to smoking?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
What is the worst thing to do for your health that medicine discovered?
The worst thing ever for you to do is start smoking.
What makes cigarettes so bad for you?
The oxygen and the flame of lighting a cigarette causes the tobacco leaves to ignite, which releases smoke. The smoke, carrying drugs like nicotine, get absorbed deep in your lungs. From there, it travels into your blood and triggers your brain pleasure centers. Chemicals from the cigarette permeate into your blood, causing mutations in your DNA and cancers throughout your entire body.
How can smoking lead to cancer?
When the chemicals seep into your cells locally, they also permeate into your blood. They attack your DNA, which causes errors called mutations. The cells try to repair themselves, but the chemicals keep attacking. Over time, this can lead to cancer.
How many deaths are caused by smoking?
It is the cause of over 500,000 deaths in the U.S. every year— that’s 1 in every 5 deaths. That’s 10 times the number of people killed by cigarette smoke than those that have been killed in wars fought by America in all of its history.
What are some effects of marijuana that you probably don’t know about?
Most doctors don’t prescribe marijuana because there’s little evidence to prove that it’s better than conventional therapies. The laws vary in state to how it's prescribed. Long-term users can be diagnosed with something called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.
What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is something doctors see quite frequently in the emergency room. Symptoms are: recurring abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Usually these symptoms improve with a hot shower, but the only known long-term cure is to quit doing marijuana all together.
Can vaping help someone quit smoking?
Many argue that it can help people get off cigarettes, which are much more harmful. It may be more beneficial than nicotine gum or patches because the behavior mimics smoking.
Is vaping safe?
We know that the ingredients are harmful since some of the ingredients weren’t meant to be inhaled day after day. The vapor irritates the lungs, but at this point in time, we do not know how harmful the effects will be.
What is some good news when it comes to smoking?
The human body is made to repair itself. If someone stops smoking— really stops— the body sets to correct the damage as fast as it can. Data shows that if you quit smoking, your chance of dying from a smoking related illness drops remarkably.