What’s in a cigarette

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What is in a Cigarette?

Ingredients Added to Tobacco in the Manufacture of Cigarettes by the Six Major American Cigarette Companies

Other Deadly Ingredients

Smokers’ Daily Intake of Selected Mainstream Smoke Poisons


There 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 were toxic and some formed 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

Table: Smokers’ Daily Intake of Selected Mainstream Smoke Poisons

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