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WHY ONE CIGARETTE COSTS YOU 11 MINUTES
One cigarette can reduce our life by about 11 minutes! In this video, we watch as a group of medical student’s feed a healthy pair of lungs 20 cigarettes (a pack of Marlboro menthol). Following administration of the 20 cigarettes, we can clearly analyze that tar build up in the trachea & discoloration of the lung has already set in! There is about a 6.5 year difference in life expectancy between smokers & non-smokers. We calculated that if a man smokes the average number of cigarettes a year (5,772 ~ about 3/4ths of a pack a day) from the median starting age of 17 until his death at the age of 71 (the average life expectancy worldwide) he will consume a total of 311,688 cigarettes (57 years x 5,772 cigarettes) in his lifetime. If we then assume that each cigarette makes the same contribution to his death (6.5 years earlier than non-smokers = mortality would be 3,418,560 minutes earlier), each cigarette has cost him, on average, 11 minutes of life (3,418,560/311,688=11 minutes per cigarette)! This calculation is admittedly crude, it relies on averages, assumes that the health effects of smoking are evenly spread throughout a smoker’s lifetime. It also presumes that the number of cigarettes smoked throughout a lifetime is constant, & ignores the difficulties in classifying people as either lifetime smokers or non-smokers. However, it shows the high cost of smoking in a way that everyone can understand! If you have been thinking about quitting or want to learn more, click on the link in our bio & check out our video on ‘How to Purify Smokers Lungs’ on YouTube, don’t forget to [SUBSCRIBE] & join our family!
Written by Student Doctor: Navpreet Singh Badesha
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TAG SOMEONE WHO SMOKES!
This research on ‘1 cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes’ was published in the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)