What Are You Smoking?

What Are You Smoking?

In addition to highly addictive nicotine, cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. Here's what you're inhaling with each puff:

  • Arsenic (rat poison)
  • Ammonia (poisonous; present in many household cleaners)
  • Acetone (fingernail-polish remover)
  • Benzene (industrial solvent)
  • Carbon monoxide (exhaust-pipe fumes)
  • Cadmium (used in rechargeable batteries)
  • Cyanide (poison used in gas chambers)
  • DDT (insecticide)
  • Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
  • Lead (a poison removed from nearly all paints)
  • Mercury (highly poisonous; easily absorbed through respiration)
  • Nickel (poisonous; a known cancer-causing agent)
  • Hydrogen cyanide (deadly poison used in gas chambers)
  • Hydrogen sulfide (sewer gas)
  • Polonium-210 (radioactive substance)
  • More than 50 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens)

And, of course, nicotine, which isn't just addictive, it's a natural insecticide (it protects the tobacco plant from bugs) and in its pure form is a deadly poison -- one drop could kill a human in minutes.

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Smoking tobacco products can lead to severe health problems and even death. While quitting smoking can be very difficult for some smokers, there are smoking cessation programs and medications that can help smokers quit. There are ...

many lifelong benefits of doing so, like increased lung function and decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Understanding the importance of quitting smoking and all options available to help stop smoking is key to long-term success.