LEARN ABOUT THE CHEMICALS IN CIGARETTES AND POTENTIAL DANGERS.
When manufacturers turn tobacco leaves into cigarettes, they add harmful chemicals, including ammonia and acetaldehyde. Lighting a cigarette creates other harmful chemicals as the tobacco burns, such as carbon monoxide, butadiene, acrolein and benzene. Once inside your body, these chemicals cause cancer and heart disease, reduce fertility, and do other damage.
There are thousands of harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, 70 of which are linked to cancer. Some of these chemicals come from the plant itself, such as nicotine, a natural pesticide, that is the addictive chemical in each cigarette. Other carcinogens are created when tobacco is cured, such as nitrosamines. When tobacco is smoked, heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead that seep up from the soil and accumulate in tobacco plants, are released into the body with the smoke.