There are lots of things in cigarettes that you don't see inside those neat paper wrappings. I grew up in tobacco country myself, in Durham, North Carolina. And I discovered a few things about the way tobacco is grown and processed that you might find interesting if you are a smoker. Or if you care about one.
Tobacco fields are not pretty. The sticky brown leaves by season's end are coated with spiderwebs, dead insects, bird poo, and grey layers of toxic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. (Tobacco is one of the most chemically dependent crops in the world).
Then the leaves are dried in those wooden curing sheds, where I used to play as a boy, where bats roost in the eaves and dribble their yellow stains of feces across the leaves.
The leaves are not washed. None of these toxic materials are removed. But then they are stacked in bins on the factory floor. Here is where the rats love to nest.
And here's where the federal regulators may step in. You see, under a microscope you can find up to six pieces of rat poop in every cigarette. But no more. Because federal regulations require that if more than six pieces of rat poop are found, then the entire batch of leaf must be destroyed.
What a relief! Thank goodness for the regulators! Only six pieces of rat poop per cigarette is certainly no problem. Any more though, and I would start wondering what that funny taste was that, well... wasn't tobacco. Or dead insects, or pesticide residue, or one of the hundreds of other chemicals added to this product between the rat's comfy nests and your lips. (A more thorough list of cigarette additives is available on our website. See the link at the end.)
Well.., perhaps you are the sort of nit picking prude that doesn't even want 6 pieces of rat poop in your smoke. Or perhaps you are even more annoyingly picky, , and would rather have no cobwebs, insect bodies, bat excrement, and hugely toxic pesticide residue in your lungs. Maybe rat poop and other such poisons is just not your cup of tea.
Hypnosis might be effective in helping you overcome your squeamishness and help you perhaps ignore or even enjoy the rat poop and other gifts in every cigarette you smoke. I don't specialize in that sort of hypnosis.
Or you might want to click the link below to learn what you can do right now to help you or your loved ones quit smoking forever.
Do it. Quit. For your health, for your body, for your children, for your future. Learn how now!!
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