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When we say
smoking is dangerous, most will say it’s because of nicotine. But while the
substance is responsible for making it difficult to quit the vice, there’s more
to cigarettes than just this addictive substance.

And these
other chemicals are what we should be wary of.

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The Alarming Numbers

Nicotine
is the reason why smoking is very addictive. But aside from it, a cigarette
stick contains more
than 4,000 other chemicals 50 of which are cancer-causing while another 200
are detrimental to the smoker’s health and to those who get to inhale secondhand
smoke.

6 of these
harmful chemicals are as follows:

Formaldehyde

Yes, the same
chemical used in embalming the dead is found in cigarettes. Because of its
preserving qualities, its use has got to do with extending the shelf life of ciggies.
But formaldehyde is highly poisonous and a cancer agent. Aside from that, it
causes skin irritation and brings damage to the respiratory and the digestive
systems.

Vinyl Chloride

This
substance is a plastic element used in cigarette filters, that part of the
smoke stick that sieves out tar, a tobacco component said to be very dangerous
as it brings great damage to the smoker’s lungs. But filters themselves are
harmful, too. Whenever a smoker takes in a cigarette hit, the smoke traveling
through the filter brings particles of vinyl chloride along with it. And the
latter, according to cancer experts, is responsible for some 5 cancer types:
brain, liver, lungs, lymphoma, and leukemia.

Benzene

A colorless
substance used to glue the paper that holds the tobacco together sealing it inside,
Benzene is also a component contained in gasoline. The chemical is strongly
linked to the red blood’s cells cancer, leukemia.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals
experts found in cigarettes include arsenic the same one used for rat
poisons, chromium, nickel, mercury, lead, and cadmium. Additionally, they also
saw traces of the radioactive element Polonium 210 in cigarette smoke. High
exposure to these heavy metals increases the smoker’s risks to getting various
types of cancer.

 

Acids and Cleaners

These
following acids, typically added in cleaning products, can be found in a
cigarette stick.

–      
Acetic
Acid

–      
Stearic
Acid

–      
Ammonia
commonly found in
kitchen and bathroom cleaners

–      
Ethylene
Oxide another
cleaning component used to sterilize, and,

–      
 Acetone

Toxic Gases

Hydrogen
Cyanide – the same
substance Hitler used to kill Jews inside his gas chambers.

Carbon
Monoxide – a toxic gas that could kill an individual when
taken in large amounts.

Butane
and Methane – two other toxic gases that wreak havoc on a smoker’s
respiratory system.

Don’t Be Afraid or Be
Too Shy to Ask for Help

I hope that this list of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes good
enough reason to quit smoking. And if you find it hard to take the steps to
total smoking addiction recovery, ask for help from non-smoking friends and
family members. Or you can talk to medical practitioners about ways to help you
move on from your smoking addiction.

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