Facts About Smoking

– Chemicals in cigarettes –

The ingredients aka “chemicals in cigarettes”

When you find out what chemicals are in cigarettes you may just quit on the spot.

Cigarettes are a toxic concoction of approximately 600 ingredients. 600 seems like an excessive number of additives., yet add fire and these 600 ingredients turn into an even larger threat. When an individual physically smokes a cigarette the chemical reaction is referred to as combustion and the result of which emits 7,000 chemicals to the body, vital organs and brain. This delivery mechanism is what creates this surplus of dangerous chemicals that even after the cigarette has been ashed, has the potential to harm bystanders and anyone who lives and works in close proximity.

Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which 70 are now known to cause cancer. These “carcinogens” damage very important genes, which are responsible for the growth of cells. In doing so, these cells grow abnormally or will reproduce far too quickly.
Chemicals in cigarettes have a unique potential in that their harm can transfer to those not smoking. This is called 2nd hand smoke and is one of the reasons why non- smokers can suffer the plight of disease alongside the smoker himself. There is also another terminology we have been introduced to called third hand smoke. The chemicals in cigarettes can transfer their harm to others just by their movement. Since the particles attach to the smoker’s clothes, hair and skin, anything they come into contact with may be exposed to the toxic chemical “drift”. Particularly where a family has young children, 2nd and 3rd hand smoke has the potential to create a host of health issues including respiratory diseases and infections. These 7000 chemicals in cigarettes are emitted in different forms, such as particles or gases, yet in a matter of 10 seconds the cigarette smoker inhales all of these harmful substances into the lungs, where it gets distributed throughout the body and vital organs. The brain is where the nicotine effects create tolerance and cravings typical of addiction.



  • Acetaldehyde is a chemical that is used in glues. CARCINOGENIC.
  • Acetone is a chemical that is used in solvents. Long term damage to both the liver and the kidneys.
  • Acrolein is used in herbicides as well as in polyester resins. Used in tear gas and is very poisonous.
  • Acrylonitrile, otherwise known as vynil cyanide, used in synthetic plastics. CARCINOGENIC
  • 1-aminonaphthalene is found in weed killers. CARCINOGENIC
  • 2-aminonaphthalene is a substance responsible for the body developing bladder cancer. CARCINOGENIC
  • Ammonia is used in cleaners and causes asthma.
  • Benzene is used in gasoline and causes several cancers including leukemia. CARCINOGENIC
  • Benzo[a]pyrene is a chemical found in coal tar pitch, causes lung and skin cancer CARCINOGENIC
  • 1,3-Butadiene is found in latex and rubber CARCINOGENIC
  • Butyraldehyde is a chemical used in solvents and resins.
  • Cadmium is used in non-corrosive metal coatings CARCINOGENIC
  • Catechol used as an antioxidant in inks and dyes
  • Chromium is used in wood treatment and wood preservatives and causes lung cancer CARCINOGENIC
  • Cresol is used in disinfectants, solvents and wood preservatives.
  • Crotonaldehyde is a warning agent in fuel gasses. It has been attributed to chromosomal changes.
  • Nicotine – Addictive but (NOT CARCINOGENIC) Nicotine has been used as an insecticide. Exposure to sufficient amounts may cause vomiting or seizures. There is also a depression of the CNS (central nervous system), and potential growth retardation. It is also known to undermine a fetus’ proper development.
  • Formaldehyde is from the resin used in foam insulation, plywood, and particleboard. CARCINOGENIC
  • Hydrogen Cyanide is used in the production of acrylic plastics and as a fumigant
  • Hydroquinone is used in varnishes and paints. Detrimental to the CNS.
  • Isoprene is used in rubber.
  • Lead – damages the nerves in the brain, the kidneys and reproductive system. Lead is used also in paint CARCINOGENIC
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is used in solvents. It depresses the human nervous system.
  • Nitric Oxide is made by gasoline combustion.
  • Phenol is a highly toxic substance that is harmful for the CNS. Used in resins in plywood and materials for construction.
  • Propionaldehyde is used as a disinfectant.
  • Pyridine is used in solvents. Experts report it might cause liver damage.
  • Quinoline is a solvent for resins. CARCINOGENIC
  • Resorcinol used in resins and adhesives.
  • Styrene is used in plastic, fiberglass and insulation materials
  • Toluene is used in resins oils and solvents and causes permanent brain damage.
  • Carbon Monoxide – CARCINOGENIC Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. The body absorbs it into the bloodstream rather readily. Carbon monoxide is also known to decrease muscle and heart function, causes weakness, fatigue and dizziness. Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin in the red blood cells. This prevents these cells from carrying the amount of oxygen they usually would which in turn can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
70% of the tar smoked in a cigarette remains in the lungs.

Within the 7,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke are 70 carcinogens – CARCINOGENS ARE KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER.

If these abnormal cells divide at a time when new cells are not needed, a hard mass generally appears. It could be small like a pea or as large as a grapefruit, but this growth will then be referred to as a tumor, which has the potential to replicate further throughout the body. Cigarette smoking also has the ability to deplete all the necessary vitamins and minerals in the body and make it much harder for an individual to ward of illness.