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Chemicals Found in Cigarette Smoke

Cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemical compounds. Many are toxic, and some are known carcinogens. Second hand smoke is dangerous air to breathe.

Radioactive Cigarette Smoke
Radioactive heavy metals are breathed into the lungs with every puff of a cigarette or inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Chemicals in Cigarettes: What They Are and How They Harm Us
The chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke contain poisons, carcinogens and heavy, toxic metals.

Ammonia in Cigarettes
Tobacco companies add ammonia to cigarette to boost the effect of nicotine. It enhances "smoking pleasure" and may speed up the addictive process for smokers.

Arsenic in Cigarette Smoke
Inorganic arsenic is present in mainstream tobacco smoke and presumably in sidestream smoke as well.

Benzene in Cigarette Smoke
Benzene is present in cigarette smoke and accounts for half of all human exposure to this health hazard.

Cadmium in Cigarettes
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that is present in low levels in food, and in high levels in cigarette smoke.

Carbon Monoxide in Cigarette Smoke
Carbon monoxide(CO) is a poisonous, colorless and odorless gas that is produced as a result of incomplete burning of carbon-containing fuels.

Formaldehyde in Cigarette Smoke
Formaldehyde is responsible for some of the nose, throat and eye irritation smokers experience when breathing in cigarette smoke.

Hydrogen Cyanide in Cigarette Smoke
One of the toxic byproducts of cigarette smoke is hydrogen cyanide. Smokers inhale it with every puff they take.

A Profile of Nicotine
Nicotine is a colorless, poisonous alkaloid, derived from the tobacco plant. Nicotine is also extremely addictive.

Pesticides in Cigarette Smoke
Pesticides are toxic chemicals used to kill pests, yet smokers inhale them with every cigarette smoked.

Tar in Cigarettes
Tar is the term used to describe the toxic residue created by burning chemicals in cigarettes.

What are TSNAs?
Tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines (TSNAs) are known to be some of the most potent carcinogens present in smokeless tobacco, snuff and tobacco smoke.

Vinyl Chloride in Cigarettes
Vinyl chloride is a manufactured product that can be found in small concentrations in cigarette smoke.

A Review of Cigarette Smoke and Its Toxilogical Effects
Steven Mulcahy authored this very in-depth college report on the toxic effects of cigarette smoke, both for the smoker and those affected by secondhand smoke.

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