WHAT’S IN CIGARETTES?
Ever wonder why they don't list the ingredients on the side of a pack of cigarettes? Maybe because it’s a lot more than just tobacco. Industry documents mention 599 other ingredients added in the manufacturing process. Stuff like:
- Ammonia: Excellent for cleaning floors and toilets
- Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
- Butane: AKA lighter fluid
- Carbon Monoxide: Also found in car exhaust
- Cadmium: Used in batteries
- Cyanide: Deadly poison
- DDT: A banned insecticide
- Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
- Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead stuff in labs
- Hydrazine: Rocket fuel
- Hydrogen Cyanide: Rat poison
- Lead: Ever heard of lead poisoning?
- Methoprene: Insecticide
- Methyl isocyanate: An accidental leak of this stuff killed 2,000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
- Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
- Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
- Tar: The sticky goo used on roads
Oh, and at least 43 of the ingredients are proven to cause cancer.
You can see all 599 at:
NOT-SO-FUN TOBACCO TRIVIA
Based on current levels, more than 5 million people currently under age 18 will die early from a smoking-related disease.
Kids under 18 in Texas go through 72.5 million packs of cigarette each year. At around five bucks a pack, that’s more than $362 million that could’ve been spent on something much cooler.
Teenage smokers suffer from shortness of breath almost three times as often as teens who don't smoke, and produce phlegm more than twice as often as teens who don't smoke.
Chewing tobacco, snuff and other forms of smokeless tobacco can cause gum disease and cancer of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus. It may also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Studies show nicotine is addictive in ways similar to heroin, cocaine and alcohol.
Around 3 out of 4 daily cigarette smokers and smokeless tobacco users under age 18 say they keep using tobacco because it is really hard for them to quit.
In 2001, the tobacco industry spent a combined $719.2 million advertising tobacco in Texas. Tobacco is one of the most heavily advertised and promoted products in the U.S.
Almost 9 out of 10 adults who smoke started before they were 18.
Starting smoking when you’re young greatly increases your risk of getting lung cancer. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk for other smoking-related cancers.
Statistics come from the Texas Department of State Health Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Surgeon General; Journal of the American Medical Association; American Journal of Health Promotion; and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
WHAT IS SECONDHAND SMOKE?
Secondhand smoke comes from the lit end of cigarettes, cigars and pipes. It's also the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers. Sad thing is, smokers aren’t just hurting themselves; they’re doing serious damage to the people around them. Here are a few things you should know:
- There are more than 4,000 chemical compounds in secondhand smoke, and at least 40 of them cause cancer.
- Secondhand smoke causes about 3,000 deaths each year from lung cancer in people who don't smoke.
- Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause about 37,000 deaths per year from heart disease in nonsmokers.
- Many of the chemical substances stay in the air after the cigarette, cigar or pipe is gone, even if there's no smell.
IS CHEWING TOBACCO OR SNUFF SAFER THAN CIGARETTES??
Some people think smokeless tobacco isn't as bad as cigarettes. The truth is, it comes with its own set of problems that make it just as dangerous:
- Smokeless tobacco can cause bleeding gums and sores of the mouth that never heal. Besides being painful, the sores might lead to cancer.
- Tobacco is tobacco: It all contains nicotine, and nicotine is addictive. It also comes with all the nasty ingredients that go into cigarettes for flavoring and other purposes.
- Smokeless tobacco puts your whole mouth into closer contact with the tobacco product itself. It can stain your teeth a yellowish-brown color and give you bad breath.
- According to the Surgeon General, kids who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to start using cigarettes too. (The Surgeon General's Report for Kids about Smoking)