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What's in a Cigarette?

Parts of a CigaretteThere are more than 4,000 ingredients in a cigarette other than tobacco. In fact, the same toxins and chemicals found in tobacco products can also be found in the air around toxic waste dumps. Common additives include yeast, wine, caffeine, beeswax and chocolate. While some of these ingredients and chemicals are safe in foods, they are toxic and some form into carcinogens, a cancer-causing substance, when heated or burned.

Here are some other ingredients:
Acetone: nail polish remover
Ammonia: household cleaner
Angelica Root Extract: known to cause cancer in animals
Arsenic: used in rat poisons
Benzene: used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
Butane: gas; used in lighter fluid
Carbon monoxide: poisonous gas
Cadmium: used in batteries
Cyanide: deadly poison
DDT: a banned insecticide
Ethyl Furoate: causes liver damage in animals
Formaldehiyde: used to preserve dead specimens
Hydrazine: rocket fuel
Hydrogen Cyanide: rat poison
Lead: poisonous in high doses
Methoprene: insecticide
Megastigmatrienone: chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
Maltitol: sweetener for diabetics
Methyl isocyanate: its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
Napthalene: ingredient in mothballs
Nicotine: a poison used to kill cockroaches
Polonium: cancer-causing radioactive element