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Smoking Is Radioactive

Let me introduce myself. My name is Peter Gray and I smoked 30 cigarettes a day for nearly twenty years.

Now I don't. And that was because I won this fight many years ago.

Dead CigarettesAfter my moment of truth - when I was forced to accept that I was an addict, not a free man - I knew that this fight was the most important fight of my life. It took me eighteen months to kill the desire to smoke. And that is the key. Smoking is, above all, an emotional problem, a habit, not so much an addiction.

The method I used to become a free man again was almost identical to this. I say almost because what took me a year and a half could have taken much less. Weeks or even days.

There is no drama or special supplements in this method. No 'will of iron' is necessary. And above all there is
no fear. (One of the biggest problems for most of us is our fear of change.)

It is a guide to your enemy. I suggest that you look into this.

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Smoking Is Radioactive


Did you know that? Tobacco smoke is radioactive.

When you’re smoking - along with the other great chemicals that you’re putting into yourself - you are also
inhaling two radioactive compounds, lead 210 and polonium 210.

Polonium 210 has a half life of about 138 days, making it thousands of times more radioactive than the
nuclear fuels used in early atomic bombs.

And you’re smoking it.

Not long ago in London, a Russian dissident ex-spy was murdered by people from the KGB, the Russian
secret police. You may remember his photo, a man completely bald dying in a hospital bed.

When Litvinenko was found to have been poisoned by radioactive polonium 210, there was one group that
must have been particularly horrified - the tobacco industry.  The industry has been aware at least since the
1960s that cigarettes contain significant levels of polonium.

But they’re not in a hurry to let smokers know this. Do you like smoking radioactivity?

In 1968, the American Tobacco Company began some secret research. They found that people smoking
inhale an average of about .04 picocuries of polonium 210 per cigarette.

A fraction of a trillionth of a curie doesn't sound much, but we're talking about a powerful radionuclide emitting
alpha particles - the most dangerous kind when it comes to lung cancer - at a much higher rate than the
plutonium used in the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

Somebody who is smoking 20 cigarettes a day - a normal smoker, in other words - is happily inhaling twice
the amount of radiation every year than the recommended safety limit for workers at a nuclear power plant.  

These are people who spend their working lives around radioactivity.  

When you’re smoking, tiny particles of tar that contain the lead and polonium lodge deep in the lungs. In
some places - where the bronchioles, the little tubes, branch into smaller tubes - the concentration is one
hundred times higher than in the lungs overall. Which gives you, you poor smoker, much more intense
exposure.

And there they stay.

Tar resists being dissolved by the normal fluid in the lungs. Which means that the lead and the polonium
have a great deal of time to undergo radioactive decay.

By the way, it doesn’t matter if you like smoking "low tar", "ultra light" and so on. The amount of polonium is
independent of filtering,. So you can’t keep fooling yourself that way.

What does the polonium do? Polonium 210 does its damage by emitting alpha particles, which have enough
energy to tear apart the genetic machinery of cells, killing them outright or causing them to mutate into forms
that produce tumors. It gives off 5,000 times more alpha particles than the same amount of radium.

Polonium 210 is the only component of cigarette smoke which has produced tumors by itself in inhalation
experiments with animals.  

In some experiments, scientists have calculated that someone who has been smoking 40 a day for 25 years
has had a dose of radioactivity 150 times normal.

But this is only the total figure, the figure for the whole body.

In the lungs, right next to the polonium, the radiation can be 10,000 times higher than natural background
radiation


Next time you’re smoking, I suggest you remember this fact.

 

 

 

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