Carbon Monoxide: What are the dangers?


Carbon monoxide is known to be just one out of over 4,000 chemicals present in tobacco smoke; however, despite knowing this, a lot of people don’t recognise the dangers associated with being exposed to it. In this post, we will be taking a look at just a few of the dangers that carbon monoxide poses on the body.


First of all, we should debunk a common myth that carbon monoxide isn’t present in all tobacco smoke. The truth is it doesn’t matter what brand you choose to use, carbon monoxide will be present when a cigarette is lit and inhaling this gas can cause serious damage to the body. Possibly the most worrying trait of this gas is that it is almost impossible for a human alone to detect as it is odourless, a non-irritant and colourless meaning that aside from the classic symptom of a headache, it cannot be detected without specialised equipment.


According to carbon monoxide survivor, people who smoke cigarettes inhale a shocking 4 times more of this gas than what is usually found in car exhaust. In addition, the smoke produced from just one standard pack of cigarettes can send carbon monoxide levels through the roof and they may even reach double the safety limit for outdoor air.


So, what effect does it have on the human body? Well, carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke limits the absorption rate of oxygen through the lungs in the blood stream. It can also reduce the amount of oxygen that can be carried in red blood cells. This means tissues in the body will become starved of oxygen and may even begin to malfunction and eventually die. Furthermore, the carbon monoxide from a single cigarette can immediately raise a person’s heart rate and cause an acute or mild shortness of breath.


While the carbon monoxide found in cigarettes may not cause an urgent health risk, over time it can cause severe damage to the body and may lead to heart disease, even from a low rate of exposure. In addition, this gas can also contribute significantly to the build-up of fat on the artery walls and may be the primary cause of heart failure.


The normal level of this gas in the blood stream comes in at less than 8 parts per million; when an individual smokes a packet of cigarettes per day, this level can soar to as high as 20 parts per million.


Finally, passive smoke is said to be the largest supplier of air pollution inside. Carbon monoxide is also present in significant levels in second-hand smoke, posing a danger to non-smokers.


These are just a few health risks of carbon monoxide. If you’re looking to switch to a safer alternative that does not contain this gas, e-cigarettes are one way you can use a healthier substitute. While we accept that these devices are not official smoking cessation tools, they are a safer substitute for smoking traditional cigarettes. If you’re interested in purchasing an electronic cigarette starter kit please browse our site for more details.


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