Do you know what is in the cigarette you are smoking?  What are the cigarette ingredients and why aren’t they on the pack as is the case with so many products? Did you know you are inhaling inside your body more than 7,000 chemicals chemicals, most of which cause cancer?

What’s in the cigarette!

Let’s try to understand what is in the cigarette.  As a starter you have tar.  This is a sticky substance that clings onto your lungs. What does this do?  It causes respiratory diseases and cancer!  Next! Cigarettes create carbon monoxide when burning. This is in fact a poisonous gas that attaches itself to the red blood cells that normally carry oxygen around inside our body.

Then along with this, cigarettes contains more than 7,000 chemicals. A number of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.  Let’s mention just a few.  There is arsenic (rat poison), yes you are smoking arsenic! The stuff inside your toilet cleaner, ammonia, that is inside your cigarette as well. Do you remember the famous novel “Silent Spring”, about the use of pesticides, particularly DDT.  Well DDT is inside your cigarette as well. Don’t bother to play Fallout, you are smoking radioactive fallout in the form of polonium 210.  Oh and how about applying some nail polish remover inside your lungs as well as there is acetone in cigarettes. The liquid inside your cigarette lighter, butane, it’s in your cigarette as well along with methanol which is a rocket fuel and cadium which is a battery fuel.

Let’s mention a few more chemicals you will find in your cigarette.  Radon which is a radioactive gas.  Hexamine a barbecue lighter. Toluene which is an industrial solvent.  And how about Hydrogen cyanide which is a poison. And you wounder whey cigarettes cause cancer!

The filter does not work

The tobacco companies have been fighting against legislation that will expose the long list of chemicals in cigarettes. Ironically you will have the ingredients on a packet of crisps or chocolate, but not on cigarettes!

When cigarettes started they were sold without filter. Cigarettes were sold unfiltered to all the smoker to taste the full flavor. Or rather to inhale large amounts of tar.  As consumers started to become more conscious of the dangers of cigarettes, filters were introduced. When filter were introduced the cigarettes started to taste too bitter. The solution from the tobacco industry was to introduce chemicals to enhance the taste.

As a starter the filter is a farce.  It does not remove enough tar to make cigarettes less dangerous. Nor does the filter stop any of the carcinogens from being inhaled. It is just a gimmick put there to fool you in feeling safe when smoking. To give you the illusion that you are not just inhaling toxins and poisons.

Cigarette ingredients – let’s see what they do

Let’s have a look at some of the cigarette ingredients and understand what they do.

  • Cadium – This is linked to lung and prostate cancer
  • Benzene – This is linked to Leukemia
  • Nickel – This is known to increase susceptibility to lung infections
  • Lead – Known to be poisonous in high doses
  • Formaldehyde – This is linked to lung cancer
  • Ethyl Furoate: Studies have shown that this causes liver damage in animals
  • Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
  • Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
  • Angelica root extract: Known to cause cancer in animals

What other cigarette ingredients should be uncover!  Cigarettes contain a product inside them that is very similar to the fuel used by rockets. This chemical ensures that the tip of the cigarette burns at an extremely high temperature. If you thought that the tobacco in your cigarette as burning naturally, think otherwise.  The high temperature achieved thanks to this added chemical allows the nicotine in tobacco to turn into vapor.  This in turn makes the nicotine faster to absorb.

Along with these they have added ammonia.  The same product you clean your toilet with.  Ammonia helps the nicotine in its vapor to be more easily absorbed from the lings. Faster absorption also means your brain gets a higher dose of nicotine every puff you take.

What about nicotine

Some scientists actually state that nicotine is one of the most highly addictive substance known to humankind.  It might be even more addictive than heroin or cocaine. So let us be clear about it, smoking is an addiction. It is the most widespread drug. And there is no drug that is self-administered with frequency, regularity and consistency of cigarettes. Cigarettes are a global curse.  The reason is because they are highly addictive.

Did you know that with around 10 puffs per cigarette multiplied by a one to three pack a day, you will be inhaling between 70,000 and 200,000 individual doses of smoke in a single year!

What makes cigarettes so addictive? It is the nicotine. This linked with a mixture of chemicals makes cigarettes the most addictive product around. Nicotine addiction occurs very fat.  One is hocked onto cigarettes very easily.  It is because of this that many smokers continue to smoke till eventually cigarettes kill them. The concoction of cigarette ingredients is an engineered drug developed with the intention to keep you addicted for life.

When smoking a cigarette, the smoke containing nicotine is inhaled in the smoker’s lungs. It takes the nicotine just 6 seconds to reach the brain! In small doses nicotine can be a stimulant to the brain. But in large doses nicotine is a depressant. In very large doses nicotine is a lethal poison and it will affect the heart, blood vessels and hormones. It is this addiction which creates an emotional dependence on cigarettes.

What about the tar

Within the cigarette ingredients we find another main product which is tar. Did you know that the amount of tar you are inhaling inside you increase with every puff. And between the first puff and the last puff, the amount is nearly double. The tar will then stick to your lungs. Cigarette smoke is 10,000 more concentrated that the pollution by cars during rush hour! Tar is a major component inside cigarettes. And do not be fooled, the filter is not protecting you from tar.

A smokers that burns between 20 to 60 low to high tar cigarettes a day will accumulate in their lung a deposit between one-quarter and one-half pounds of tar in a year.

What will cigarettes do to me

Cigarettes have short term negative effects and long term negative effects (no positive).

Short term:

  • Bad breath
  • Your face will wrinkle earlier
  • You have less breath and it can affect your performance in sports
  • You hair and clothes always smell like an ashtray
  • Tougher skin
  • Has a negative effect on women on the pill
  • Discoloring of the teeth
  • Staining of fingers and skin
  • Lose a large degree of your sense of smell

Long term:

  • Wrinkled skin
  • May cause brain stroke
  • Lung cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervix cancer
  • Ovary cancer
  • Uterus cancer
  • Short wind sickness
  • Asthma
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Blocked arteries
  • Weak bones
  • Diabetes complications

What can you do?

First of all the best thing to so is to never start smoking in the first place and save yourself from all this hassle. If you don’t smoke remember that second hand smoke is bad for your health as well. Very important to keep children away from second hand smoke.

If you do smoke then it is time to quit. You have come to the right place.  Let Me Quit has all the information you need to help you quit smoking. Let’s start with the quit plan. Your first step towards a new life.



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