What’s in a Cigarette?

cigaretteFrom the American Lung Association:

•Acetone – found in nail polish remover
•Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
•Ammonia – a common household cleaner
•Arsenic – used in rat poison
•Benzene – found in rubber cement
•Butane – used in lighter fluid
•Cadmium – active component in battery acid
•Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
•Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
•Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
•Lead – used in batteries
•Napthalene – an ingredient in moth balls
•Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
•Nicotine – used as insecticide
•Tar – material for paving roads
•Toluene – used to manufacture paint

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  • Greg 30/05/2016, 21:38

    I wonder how many of those substances are naturally occurring in the tobacco, and how many are deliberately added to commercial cigarettes by the unscrupulous cigarette manufacturing companies, just like all the artificial chemicals that are added to most processed foods. No doubt anyone is better off if they don’t smoke at all; but for those who for some reason just can’t kick the habit, they would probably be damaging their health a whole lot less if they stuck to smoking only 100% pure organically grown tobacco, which I know is now available in the U.S. in most smoke shops.

    • admin 31/05/2016, 00:20

      Suspicions are abound as to the deliberate addition of chemicals to commercial cigarettes, surely some to enhance addiction. Never a smoker, I…but my husband is. When I met him a few years ago he was smoking 1 to 1-1/2 packs a day. Now rolls his own with natural paper, filters and pure tobacco and down to average of 6 a day. One of the advantages is that this type of cig goes out quickly, like a cigar so that one can pick it up later and relight it. He will surely stop altogether soon enough…he really dislikes the tedious job of rolling his own!


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