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Tonight we re-visit a diary format that I tried a while ago and some people liked it.  So I have listed some fun facts I found while poking around on the internets.  Some of these are even about tobacco and smoking.

I went out for a very nice walk with the real bbl this evening.  I hope you are all well.
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Several active ingredients and special methods of production are involved in making sure the nicotine in a cigarette is many times more potent than that of a tobacco plant.

The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.

Smokers generally report a variety of after-effects; such as calmness, relaxation, alertness, stimulation, concentration and many others. In fact, smoking will produce a different effect in each individual depending on ‘what they expect to get’; turning the cigarette into the worlds most popular placebo (satisfying the brains hunger for nicotine being the only ‘relaxing’ factor). The smoker will then use these expectations as a means to continue the habit.

Since this is somewhat of a recycled diary, I included the ultimate in recycling songs.
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Smoking tobacco is the ultimate gateway drug in that it is legally available, and involves mastering a unique method of intake – much more so than alcohol (which has such a significant effect that users need look no further for stimulation). Smokers looking to get ‘high’ will very rarely do so from cigarettes after the initial stages of taking up the habit.

Worms can have up to ten hearts.

U.S. cigarette manufacturers now make more money selling cigarettes to countries around the globe than they do selling to Americans.

An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this - pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.

China is home to 300 million smokers who consume approximately 1.7 trillion cigarettes a year, or 3 million cigarettes a minute.

After mating, the female black widow spider turns on her partner and devours him. The female may dispatch as many as twenty-five suitors a day in this manner.
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According to the World Health Organization, approximately 25% of cigarettes sold around the world are smuggled.

A mosquito has 47 teeth.

The immune systems of smokers has to work harder every day than non-smokers. As a result, a smokers’ blood will contain less antioxidants, although a smokers immune system may be quicker to respond to virus attacks due to its more active nature.

The same man who led the attack on the Alamo, Mexican Military General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, is also credited with the invention of chewing gum.

Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death.

Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

Roughly 6 million teens in the US today smoke despite the knowledge that it is addictive and leads to disease.

It only takes 7 lbs of pressure to rip off your ears.
                (I want to know who needed this information and exactly how this was determined)

Of every 100,000 15 year old smokers, tobacco will prematurely kill at least 20,000 before the age of 70.

In 1972, a group of scientists reported that you could cure the common cold by freezing the big toe.
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