What’s REALLY in your Cigarette?
Sounds healthy right…?
When you smoke, thousands of terrible things are going into your body including tar and carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide (deadly gas) makes it hard for red blood cells to carry oxygen through your body.
The amount of tar you inhale becomes greater as you smoke the cigarette. In fact, the last puff of the cigarette contains 2 X as much tar as the first puff.
And, cigarette smoke is no better, according to “chemists at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, cigarette smoke is 10,000 times more concentrated than the automobile pollution at rush hour on a freeway.” 
You may know there are chemicals in your cigarette. You may also know that cigarette smoke is just as bad. But you may not know what is actually in your cigarette or what those chemicals are regularly used for…
What’s really in your cigarette?
- Acetic Acid: An ingredient in hair dye
- Acetone: Found in nail polish remover
- Ammonia: Household cleaner
- Angelica Root Extract: Known to cause cancer in animals
- Arsenic: Used in rat poison
- Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
- Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
- Cadmium: Used in batteries
- Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
- Cyanide: Deadly poison
- DDT: A banned insecticide (apparently not banned for you to put in your bloodstream through cigarettes though…)
- Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
- Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens and linked to lung cancer
- Fungicides & pesticides: Cause many types of cancers and birth defects
- Hexamine: Found in BBQ lighter fluid
- Lead: Poisonous in high doses and found in batteries
- Methanol: A main component in rocket fuel
- Methoprene: Insecticide
- Naphthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
- Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2,000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
- Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
- Tar: Material for paving roads
- Toluene: Used to manufacture paint
Obviously I can’t list all the chemicals and toxins that are in your cigarette or this post would go on FOOOREEEEVER!
Well not really forever, but it would be pretty long.
Now, obviously you wouldn’t top your dinner every night with tar; or put arsenic in your lunch every day…but essentially that’s what you’re doing.
And if knowing these chemicals are in your cigarette upsets you, it should. But if you think the tobacco industry is concerned, they aren’t. As QuitSmoking.com puts it, “As the tobacco industry saying goes, “An addicted customer is a customer for life, no matter how short that life is.””
But you can take the power away from the tobacco industry and you don’t have to let cigarettes control your life, by quitting today.
For help with quitting, visit:
* or call the CDC’s help line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW