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Ever Wonder What Exactly Is In Cigarette Smoke?

Oct 24, 2013 | Posted in Step 1: Are You Ready To Quit?

You might be surprised — cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemical substances, many of which are poisonous and are known to cause cancer in humans. Tobacco companies don’t have to list the ingredients of their cigarettes. But if they did, it might look like this:

  • Arsenic
  • Acetic Acid
  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Benzene
  • Butane
  • Cadmium
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Ethanol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydrazine
  • Hexamine
  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Lead
  • Methane
  • Methanol
  • Naphthalene
  • Nickel
  • Nicotine
  • Phenol
  • Polonium
  • Stearic Acid
  • Styrene
  • Tar
  • Toluene

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