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What Cigarette Smokers and Those Who Live in Polluted Cities Both Need: Pure Oxygen

December 06, 2017 5 min read

What Cigarette Smokers and Those Who Live in Polluted Cities Both Need: Pure Oxygen

Lauren Carlstrom, O+ Team Member |

As you learn from an early age, oxygen is an essential component of life and living. Humans, and of course even the dogs we love, breathe the oxygen available in ambient air to thrive and function. But what happens when your body does not get sufficient oxygen through the air you breathe? Or what happens when the air you’re breathing has been compromised or contaminated? Air pollution and cigarette smoking add additional toxins to the air that’s inhaled, so a smoker or someone living in a polluted city may not get optimal levels of oxygen on a regular basis. In addition to experiencing an on-going, long-term oxygen debt, the effects of sub-par oxygen levels are also experienced in the short-term (i.e., second-hand smoke, traveling to a city with poor air quality). In both long-term and short-term poor air quality scenarios, supplementing with portable oxygen like Oxygen Plus (O+) can help mitigate some of the effects and problems associated with smoking and air pollution by helping restore depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels.

Smoking and Recreational Oxygen

There are several key ways in which using Oxygen Plus recreational oxygen can help cigarette smokers:

  • Oxygen Plus provides a new ritual, or tangible habit alternative
  • Oxygen Plus helps break the addiction by clearing out carbon monoxide, which is a by-product of smoking that makes breaking the habit more difficult
  • Oxygen Plus provides the opportunity to give the body the optimal levels of oxygen a smoker needs - especially a smoker who is trying to quit the habit

One problem many smokers face when trying to quit is breaking the habits formed when smoking. Sometimes smoking cigarettes is rewarding because it is a social activity, and people enjoy the social or personal benefits of taking “a smoke break.” Some smokers turn to food (i.e., snacking), caffeine or other unhealthy substitutes to feel relief when the cravings hit. Oxygen Plus provides a new, healthier ritual for smokers wanting to quit. Rather than lighting up a smoke, you can establish a new physical ritual: 1) Place the O+ oxygen canister to your mouth or nose, 2) Take a hit of pure oxygen, and 3) Repeat - breathing in and exhaling out, slowly and evenly - as many times as desired.

Additionally, studies have shown that a negative impact of cigarette smoking is the presence of carbon monoxide in the body. A by-product of smoking, the release of the carbon monoxide gas is toxic and even fatal in large quantities (Sen). While most smokers do not intake enough carbon monoxide to cause fatal problems, carbon monoxide from cigarettes does slow the function of the brain and shrink capillaries (Maxfield). According to William S. Maxfield, M.D., a board-certified physician in hyperbaric medicine, radiology, and nuclear medicine, this can affect several physical ailments, including finger tip swelling and weight gain (as the capillaries in the intestines stop the absorption of calories). Carbon monoxide levels drop to zero on the third day of smoking cessation, so the first few days of quitting can often be the most difficult. If a medically-supervised, hard-shell hyperbaric oxygen treatment - which can help a smoker who is trying to quit speed up the removal of carbon dioxide - is not accessible, breathing O+ recreational oxygen can help clear the levels of carbon monoxide in the body. This physiological benefit paired with the new healthy ritual of breathing from an oxygen canister, offers smokers - trying to break what many consider the hardest habit on earth to overcome - a smart tool for success in mitigating the challenges of a smoking addiction.

As an added wellness bonus, oxygen helps to mitigate many of the breathing and energy problems associated with smoking, such as wheezing, shortness of breath and persistent coughing (Maxfield). NOTE: Oxygen Plus (O+) products are intended for recreational, intermittent use only, not to be used as medical nor life-saving products. Any person with any type of health or medical condition should consult their physician prior to use of O+ products.

Air Pollution and Recreational Oxygen

Breathing in polluted air is not healthful. Numerous studies have linked excessive air pollution and chronic health conditions, including asthma, heart disease and dementia (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences). Professors from MIT and other universities found that China's air pollution has cut life expectancy by an average of 5.5 years and is responsible for higher rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes (Hook). Even in cities where there is no visible air pollution, the air quality might not be good, as particulate matter can be invisible to the naked eye. Even when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is not indicating a risk, a person living or traveling to a city can breathe in exhaust, fumes and particulate matter from cars, public transit (i.e., subway, buses) and industry. As pollution can hit unexpectedly in the modern world, it stands to reason that having a lightweight canister of O+ oxygen in your bag or briefcase is the smart way to go. That's why Oxygen Plus is here to help you breathe easy - any time you want it...or are suddenly gasping for a breath of fresh air.

While Oxygen Plus cannot solve the world’s air crisis epidemic, breathing recreational oxygen can help diminish a person's exposure to air pollution and help mitigate some of the problems associated with compromised or polluted air. Likewise, smokers who are worried about how pollutants like carbon monoxide are impacting his or her health can use Oxygen Plus portable canned oxygen to help combat some of the potential mental and physical health damage caused by smoking cigarettes.

Over the years, Oxygen Plus has received many testimonials from customers who are grateful for how O+ oxygen has helped them mitigate some of the symptoms of poor air quality related to pollution and cigarette smoking/cessation. Share the news - that Oxygen Plus can be there to help combat poor air quality - with anyone facing the challenge.


"Air Pollution." National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Retrieved on December 4, 2017.

Maxfield, William. "Treating Real Cause of Smoking Addiction." Newsmax Health. September 23, 2014. Retrieved on December 4, 2017.

Sen, S., Peltz, C., Beard, J., and Zeno, B. (2010). "Recurrent carbon monoxide poisoning from cigarette smoking." American Journal of Medical Science. Retrieved on December 4, 2017.

Hook, Leslie. “China Smog Cuts 5.5 Years From Average Life Expectancy, Study Finds.” Financial Times. July 8, 2013. Retrieved on December 5, 2017.

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