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Need a Reason to Quit Smoking?

Hit play or follow the link to watch this guy distilling the tar contained in two boxes of cigarettes. Now, don't smoke!

Link to Metacafe video - via Geeks a Sexy

One problem: he's forcing air into the cigarettes faster than it would be if smoked normally, which causes the cigarettes to burn hotter, thus releasing more tar into the smoke than normal. Under normal circumstances, especially with filtered cigarettes, the smoke cools as it travels through the unsmoked tobacco and then further cools as it travels through the filter; thus, a lot of the tar is trapped in the unsmoked tobacco and the filter. Cigars are made to be partly smoked for the same reason: the unsmoked portions cool the smoke and trap the bad-flavored tar. Regular smoking of filtered cigarettes, and especially of cigars is far less dangerous than this video is purporting.

Something else, a brand of cigars called 'black and mild' have no filter and use a plastic stem allowing the smoker to burn the tobacco to the end of the cigar. The tar otherwise trapped in the unsmoked tobacco is instead inhaled. This is particularly dangerous to the lungs.. and in my opinion tastes horrible. I don't know why anyone would smoke those.
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Why don't you try hooking up your car exhaust pipe to the same contraption and run the same experiment? I'm really interested in the results? Should we quit driving our cars??
And I think this argument is applicable to a multitude of things we just don't care about, like power plants (should we quit electricity?), airplanes, factories, you name it... I think that it's just in to be anti-smoking today, it's a trend.
And of course smoking is bad for you, you'd have to be an idiot not to realize it. That's exactly why I quit. I just can't stand the hypocrisy and double standards of the entire anti-smoking movement today...
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yes it can be extremely poisonous! I am not sure about the boiling process's affect on nicotine, BUT just handling that tar if nicotine was concentrated - could have killed him. DO NOT try this, EVER, without rubber gloves.
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I always felt guilty for smoking around others,,,2nd hand smoke, I also felt that smoking was socially unacceptable..I smoked very heavy for many years but couldn't seem to give it up no matter what sign that was put in my face. I felt that I didn't have any common sense or control of how many,when,cost of these cigs..but my doctor suggested CHANTIX.. I took it for 2 months...I haven't smoked for 3 months and I feel like I got a second chance to live life right..smoke free,no baggage, no stench....
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We used to extract the nicotine from a carton of cig's to....er....."take care of" a few pesky dogs that barked 24/7 in our old neighborhood (rolled up in small hamburger balls). Now the dogs are.....er....."to busy looking for smokes" to bark any more.

Hard to imagine humans would willing inhale that stuff into their lungs.
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nice one, just the thing i need to show my gf to get her to stop!!!

although i partly agree with Clinton Labombard's comment i think it illustrates what smoking does long term rather than explicitly saying , "smoking x number of cigs will have the following result..."

i suppose the experiment could be tweaked to more closely mimic natural smoking and how air usually passes through the cig when it is smoked normally
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I'd like to see the guy take a geiger counter to the tar residue. According to some, there is significant radiation in conventionally grown tobacco from the phosphorus fertilizer: http://www.cannabisculture.com/news/tobacco/
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cant beat the lovely smell of a 20 pack when its in your hair and on your clothes, pump your own ass with cancer if you like, but do it in your own time and space, if i want to smell like shit i'll crap my pants
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"And I think this argument is applicable to a multitude of things we just don’t care about, like power plants (should we quit electricity?), airplanes, factories, you name it…"

We can make all those things not pollute. The technology is there. You'll never see a cigarette which doesn't cause harm to people's health. Get with the program already.
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I also have problems with this experiment as well, although I am not trying to claim in any way that there isn't a significant amount of harm done by cigarette smoking (I'm actually a smoker). The problem with this experiment, aside from the one in the first comment, is that it doesn't in any way replicate what's going on with smoking. When I smoke, I hold the cigarette, inhale, and exhale - and what comes out? Nothing? No. Smoke does: most of what I inhaled is coming back out. Furthermore, hardly anybody 1) smokes a full cigarette (there are some who smoke it to the filter but I've never seen anybody do it - as for me, when I smoke, I usually smoke only to the halfway point anyway because I make hand-rolled ones and don't like to burn my fingers) or 2) inhales all of the smoke that comes off of the cigarette. My guess is that the amount of smoke a person inhales that could come off of a single cigarette is roughly 70% of the smoke produced by the cigarette.

Thus, the experiment - an experiment whose results are very interesting to see, and which I enjoyed watching greatly - is invalid. And considering the harm with this, I don't really have a problem with it. On average, most people are removing 2-3 years from their life by smoking.
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My problem with this monstrosity is the tobacco used is not generic tobacco but altered in one form or another like soaked in gasoline and other liquids that you do not see before the video. this is an insanely over abundance or ridiculous behavior on who ever produced this unadulterated nonsensical show case involving a monkey and three gypsie swaggers in there robes and scarfs gallivanting on the plains of Abraham.
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Mr. john sparks obviosly does not understand the virtuous situation at hand that can create more egotistical jibberish of this nature. The chemicals related to this situation are far more political in terms of diastolic nature regarding four plains of zygonic Vacuoles that dismembers local parties of hierarchy situations. Please advise of this ridiculous conglomerate faction!
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Unfortunately, this video won't really do anything to make smokers quit. A smoker can only quit when they really want to. There is no "trying" to quit, there is only "quitting". It's all about addiction. Just like those addicted to crack or alcohol. As you can see by the posts, smokers will just try to justify their addiction by saying things like "maybe we shouldn't drive cars because they pollute" or "that burns the cigs too hot". Then they get confrontational and down right hostile.

Yes, cars pollute, but a car driving by my house affects me a whole lot less than sitting in a room with a smoker. It's all about the concentration of particles in the air. Also, this experiment shows 2 boxes of cigs smoked crazy fast to demonstrate a point. I belive that even if you smoked them slow, not down to the filter, and blew out most of the smoke, you would accumulate the same amount of tar over 20 years. In this experiment there were 20 packs (10 pack per box). If you are even just a pack a day smoker, you'd blow through this mess in less than a month. Don't even make anymore excuses to justify yourself. Over time, this WILL gunk your lungs.
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I totally agree with JJ.
All the smokers are trying to prove that it is fine, and that there are no side-effects, but they know there are. I think the experiment was a success, but smokers won't pay attention because they're all idiots.

Don't know what Phil is talking about.
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He used 2 cartons of smokes...it takes me at least 2 weeks to smoke that many. My body has plenty of time to burn those calories needed to remove that tar.

No Worries!
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I think that smokers are fully aware of the negative side of tobacco. Pointing out the obvious is of no help... Why are you being so self-centered and think that others should change to please you... Smoking is a personal choice and all these rules against smoking in public places are just stepping all over one's rights... All the anti-smoking propaganda is nonsense, and I see it more like a campaign against starting to smoke...

If it were that lungs would keep all that tar in them, that would mean that other chemicals and dust that freely float in the air would get stuck in there too... But I've never heard of somebody that coughs up dust and sand... It's just nonsense...
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good effort, just funny that you used gloves to unpack the cigarettes and bare hands to play with the concentrated poisnus tar!
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How my friend do you not understand what this phil mahoney fellow is talking about? Do you not have advanced aeronautical schooling in diastolic behavioral characteristics?? With the amount of vacules repeadedly antagonized with this pollutant regarding S.R.E's in this country to not comprehend is absolute IDIOCY!! This is the reason this country is falling apart by the roots of political propagnada in confiscating pyschological memorandams. FOR THE LOVE GOD ON THIS GREEN EARTH, "LISTEN" TO THE TRUTH AND JUST DON'T "HEAR" what is going around CONUNDRUMS of this MAGNATUDE!!
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No dizzle for shizzle on dis yo. Split some wigs up in dis shizzy my nizzy. West sizzide for lizzife JEAHH dis is how we do dis for the 2 double 0 sizzeven. WAX DAT AZZZZZZZZ!!!!!
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Why do addicts believe they have rights to what they are addicted to? Also, why don't people treat nicotine addiction like they do other addiction, such as alcohol, gambling, and illegal drug use? Just because you have an addiction doesn't mean you should get special treatment. Sorry, but your addiction directly affects me. I have a right to not smell like smoke, breath it in, or have my food taste like it when I eat in a public place. I was smart enough to not begin smoking in the first place. Oh, you say you enjoy it and that you could quit anytime, but don't want to? Bull shit. You enjoy it because you are addicted and if you REALLY did want to quit, you'd beat the addiction and go through the hell it takes to stop.

Smokers rights, HAH! Sure, you have a right to fill your body with shit, but once that shit overflows and affects me, the one who was smart enough not to partake in your bad habit, that's when my rights trump yours.
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O really. Well you can't blame the smokers since the GOVERNMENT allows this junk to be sold in stores. So the GOVERNMENT gives people the right to smoke this crap. Its not peoples fault that they tried something stupid once cause we all have. It should be banned by the government because of the lethality of it, but it makes the government way to much money from the taxes. Its greed for revenue that keeps this alive to this day, not the health of the victims who are addicted to this nasty drug. Once you are addictied to smoking, telling a smoker to stop smoking is like telling someone to stop eating food when they are hungry, so i feel for the smokers who are trying to quit, its not an easy task.
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Smoking is the MOST disgusting habit in the world - which we know. Why do smokers spend ££££££ when they can use a brick for free which does the same job in the end? Of course its not easy quitting smoking but its possible and 1000s of people do. You just need the will, commitment and desire and the right support just like with anything else. Its not rocket science.
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1st of all, this guy has WAAAYYY too much time on his hands. Do that to 400 different cigarettes?? wow, that must've been worth your time... nah, people already know cigarettes are bad for you. What exactly did you prove again? Oh, that cigarettes are bad for you? Nah, people already proved/showed that a long time ago. And who cares, if people want to smoke then oh well. Look people almost everything can be bad for you: cars (auto accidents), alcohol (heart & liver disease, drunk driving accidents, etc), airplanes (airplane crashes), food (obesity, liver disease as shown in Super Size Me), etc. etc. etc. Yeah, please protect me from everything on this earth or I will die. And watch out for that sky falling too.
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Ive smoked for 31 years. Tomorrow will be 28 days without having a smoke. What a freaking nightmare to quit this shit. I agree that the government should not allow the tobacco companies to exist and I believe our government is a bunch of bitches for profiting off a terrible addiction like smoking or drinking. Anger with the government and big tobacco are my reasons for quitting and Im using that anger to keep me strong and off tobacco. I think they are all low down pricks and are just as bad as any rat bastard leader that kill their own people. They make me wear a seatbelt for my own good but they'll let me smoke myself into an iron lung. It was my choice to start but back in the 70s everyone smoked. There wasnt any educational commercials and people whining about second hand smoke. You could smoke anywhere you wanted and cigs were 35 cents a pack. I never would have started if I knew then what I know now. Do yourselves a favor and quit making these asses rich and spare your health. 28 days Im already breathing alot better. I doubt Ill ever be super healthy again but maybe I wont die at 50 and can watch my kid grow up.
Dave
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