It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health, and that tar is one of the major contributors to the ill effects of smoking. Tar is blamed for the majority and smoking-related deaths because it has been linked directly to the risk of lung cancer and other lung diseases. But tar is just one part of the smoking experience that can kill you. How tar affects your body and health is a topic that has been studied thoroughly, and the results of inhaling tar are always bad. But what if you could smoke without the tar?
What is Tar?
Tar is a somewhat imprecise term in regards to cigarette smoke. Tar can be different, depending on the type of cigarette you smoke, how the tobacco was grown and fertilized, and what type of tobacco you are smoking. However there is no way to inhale smoke without inhaling tar. Tar refers to the sticky residue that is left behind by tobacco smoke. All tobacco smoke deposits tar in the bronchial tubes, the bronchioles, and the lungs.
The reason why tar can be different depending on a number of variables is that tar is actually the combination of all the chemicals and compounds found in tobacco, burnt together and then inhaled as smoke. When the particulates settle, they form a sticky, black substance that we know as tar. There is no way to avoid tar when smoking, and it is important to know how tar affects your body and health. The particular ingredients in tar may vary a little bit depending on the brand, but there are a number of chemicals present in all tobacco that are certainly present in tar.
Carcinogens Found in Tobacco Products
Regardless of the tobacco product, tobacco itself contains at least 69 identifiable carcinogens, cancer causing chemicals, compounds, metals, and gasses. Some would describe tar as the burnt result of those carcinogens in goo form. But there are also at least 250 other poisonous chemicals as well as 7000 chemicals in total contained in tobacco.
Even low tar cigarettes and cigarettes with filters still deliver a stunning amount of tar to your system, more than your body can handle. The result is often illnesses like emphysema, bronchitis, and eventually lung cancer.
Quitting is the Only Way to Avoid Tar
The only way to stop inhaling tar is to stop inhaling tobacco smoke. There are plenty of reasons to quit, and tar accumulation in the lungs is just one of them. There are also plenty of ways you can quit, from hypnosis to the buddy system to smoking electronic cigarettes instead.
Many people deal with the tobacco first and the nicotine addiction second by using nicotine replacement products. Nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine lozenges, and electronic cigarettes all deliver nicotine without smoke and tar. Many people find that electronic cigarettes are helpful because they allow you to inhale something warm – water vapor – while getting the nicotine fix. No matter how you do it, to reduce the amount of tar you inhale, you’ll have to reduce the amount of smoke you inhale.
I spoke just yesterday about my life without tobacco. It’s an interesting read, and I’m living proof that you can certainly find success with e-cigarettes. They helped change my life, so I invite you to read here about my journey.