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The Food and Drug Administration finally introduced a plan to limit the amount of the addictive nicotine legally allowed in cigarettes, The unprecedented move is intended to make it easier for smokers to quit, and harder for potential new smokers to develop addictions. Because the chemicals manufactured in cigarettes causes the smoker to crave them it is hard to stop as they are now addicted to the product.. Even though there was no initial indication of how much nicotine the FDA will cut, but research has suggested reducing to 0.3 to 0.5 milligrams per cigarette. Currently, domestic cigarettes contain between 1.1 to 1.7 milligrams.

There are presently no regulations restricting the amount of nicotine. The FDA has also said it would look into flavored cigars and electronic cigarettes, which haven’t faced the same level of regulation as nicotine from the government. But, is very popular among younger people.

Tobacco use still kills more than 480,000 Americans every single year, regardless of major measures to curb smoking. Nicotine itself is not deadly; the addictive substance hooks people onto cigarettes. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15.5 percent of Americans smoked cigarettes in 2016. This showed a decline from 20.9 percent in 2005. One study assessed that by executing nicotine regulations, the FDA can cut smoking down to 1.4 percent of the population by 2060.

The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more. Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. Benzene is a widely used industrial chemical. Benzene is found in crude oil and is a major part of gasoline. It's used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Benzene is produced naturally by volcanoes and forest fires too, but we are not exposed to this smoke like we are from cigarettes.

Benzene is just one of hundreds of poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds found in air tainted with cigarette smoke. Benzene is a by-product of the combustion of tobacco in cigarettes. Exposure to cigarette smoke accounts for roughly half of all human exposure to this toxin in the United States.

Benzene is extremely volatile. The primary method of exposure is through inhalation. Cigarette smoke is also responsible for most of the benzene present in indoor environments. Smokers and non-smokers alike are exposed to benzene when they breathe in secondhand smoke.


Long-term (a year or more) exposure to benzene can produce changes in the blood. It decreases red blood cells and damages bone marrow. This puts people at risk for aplastic anemia and excessive bleeding. Aplastic anemia treatment requires the patient to receive shots on a regular schedule, of course each person is different but some is required to get a shot every two weeks. These shots are given to stimulate the growth of red blood cells. This treatment keeps the person from developing leukemia.


But only helps for so long, after this treatment fails the person then will go to the hospital or associated cancer clinic and receive blood transfusions, after that fails the person will most likely have to have chemo to try and top the disease. The chance of the person not contracting leukemia is about 28% and most people will have leukemia in about 10 years.


Hopefully the study of this disease will result in a better outcome for these people and treatment will be discovered which will either cure or make it where the outlook is better than 10 years.

The amount of poisons which we are exposed to everyday is astonishing. With the history of smoking and the cancer which it causes, why do people still smoke, why do they expose other people to their second hand smoke which is worse than the original hazards of the smoker himself?


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