Teenage Violence. Part 4

21Sep

Did you know that an average of five percent sugar is added to cigarettes? Air curing takes about three months and only traces of natural sugars are left in the tobacco, so more is added. In flue curing (which of course is faster), fires are set outside the barn and the heat is led via iron pipes or flues into the building in which the tobacco is hung fresh from the fields. Since the temperatures reach up to 170 degrees, this process speeds the cure.

Time is money in the tobacco industry. However, the intense heat inactivates natural enzymes that would otherwise cause the natural tobacco sugars to ferment. So flue-cured tobacco can contain as much as 20 percent sugar by weight. (4)

Now to nicotine itself (as found at dictionary.com): A colorless, poisonous alkaloid, C10H14N2, derived from the tobacco plant and used as an insecticide. It is the substance in tobacco to which smokers can become addicted.

Other dictionary definitions:

Nicotine: An alkaloid, which is the active principle of tobacco. It is a colorless, transparent, oily liquid, having an acrid odor, and an acrid burning taste. It is intensely poisonous.

Nicotine: An alkaloid poison that occurs in tobacco; used in medicine and as an insecticide

There was a study done by the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University and reported to National Research Council in Washington D.C. and reported by the Medical Post dated April 9, 1996, which showed that “current youthful smokers were twice as likely to develop depressive symptoms as never smokers.” Eight thousand teenagers throughout the U.S. were surveyed.

“Smoking status among all participants was measured using consumption of at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and having smoked in the last 30 days.”

It doesn’t take much for cigarettes to change the body’s nervous system — for the worse.

Next, let’s take a look at alcoholic beverages.

The definition of alcohol:

A colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, C2H5OH, synthesized or obtained by fermentation of sugars and starches and widely used, either pure or denatured, as a solvent and in drugs, cleaning solutions, explosives and intoxicating beverages. Also called ethanol, ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol.

Intoxicating liquor-containing alcohol.
Any of a series of hydroxyl compounds, the simplest of which are derived from saturated hydrocarbons, have the general formula CnH2n+1OH, and include ethanol and methanol.

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