What’s In a Cigarette? Every Time You Smoke, This is What You are Actually Consuming


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We all know cigarettes are bad for us. Yet, tobacco is still the largest preventable cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 484,000 Americans lose their lives to cigarettes annually. Medical Daily says 3,200 Americans under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette each day. If you’re a cigarette smoker, you may change your mind when you learn what’s actually in cigarettes.SmokeFreeForsythe.org has a fantastic graph, featured below, that shows the harrowing ingredients used in cigarettes. The names hexamine, stearic acid, and cadmium might not mean much until you see the image below and understand its meaning. 

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If the diagram below scared you, you should be scared. The reality is what you thought.Cigarettes contain cadmium from batteries, butane from lighter fluid, methane from sewer gas, and arsenic from poison. They also contain ammonia from toilet cleaner, methanol from rocket fuel, hexamine from barbecue lighters, and stearic acid from candle wax. Yuck!

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