Secondhand Smoke

What’s In Cigarette Smoke?

A Recipe For Toxic Soup

One cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals — 69 are known to cause cancer to humans and over 200 are known to be toxic to humans. Some examples are:

ACETIC ACID: found in hair dye and developer
ACETONE: found in fingernail polish remover
AMMONIA: found in many household cleaners used to clean floors and toilets
ARSENIC: found in rat poison
BENZENE: found in rubber cement
BUTANE: found in lighter fluid
CADMIUM:  found in batteries and artists’ oil paint
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CARBON MONOXIDE: found in car exhaust fumes
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ETHANOL: found in alcohol
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FORMALDEYHDE: found in embalming fluid
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HEXAMINE: found in barbecue lighter fluid
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HYDRAZINE: used in jet and rocket fuels
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LEAD: found in batteries
MERCURY: found in the liquid that was used in older thermometers (not used anymore as it was too dangerous)
METHANE GAS: found in manure or any other feces
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METHANOL: used in rocket fuel
NAPTHALENES: used in explosives, moth balls, and paint pigments
NICOTINE:
this addictive drug has also been used as an insecticide
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PHENOL: used in disinfectants and
plastics
STYRENE: found in insulation material
TAR: found in road pavement and roofing materials
Additional Toxic Ingredients Found in Cigarettes and Cigarette Smoke:

CARBON TETRACHLORIDE: also found in dry cleaning fluid

DDT: found in a pesticide so dangerous that it has been banned for use in the U.S.

HYDROGEN CYANIDE: also used as poison in gas chambers

NITROSAMINES: found in weed killers

POLONIUM: found in radioactive substances; one pack of cigarettes equals the radiation dosage of 300 chest x-rays in one year

RADON: a gas known to cause lung cancer

TOLUENE: embalmer’s glue, industrial solvents

AND THE LIST OF POISONS GOES ON AND ON!!!!

Adapted from website information from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Promotion, Education and Tobacco Use Prevention:

mdpublichealth.org/ohpetup/tobacco/tobacco.html

For more information please contact:

The American Lung Association of D.C.

202-785-3355 or visit them on the web at:

http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/district-of-columbia/