Chemicals in Cigarettes

Over 7,000 chemical combinations occur when a cigarette is lit.  A pack-a-day smoker (about 20 cigarettes a day) will take in about 75,000 doses of these chemicals in one year. Here are just some of those chemicals:


  • Acetone (Nail Polish Remover)
  • Acetic Acid (Vinegar)
  • Ammonia (Floor/Toilet Cleaner)
  • Arsenic (Poison)
  • Butane (Cigarette Lighter Fluid)
  • Cadmium (Rechargeable Battery)
  • Carbon Monoxide (Car Exhaust)
  • DDT /Dieldrin (Insecticides)
  • Ethanol (Alcohol)
  • Formaldehyde (Body Tissue Preservative)
  • Hexamine (Barbecue Lighter)
  • Hydrogen Cyanide (Gas Chamber Poison)
  • Methane (Swamp Gas)
  • Methanol (Rocket Fuel)
  • Naphthalene (Mothballs)
  • Nicotine (Insecticide/Addictive Drug)
  • Nitrobenzene(Gasoline Additive)
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Phenols (Disinfectant)
  • Stearic Acid (Candle Wax)
  • Toluene (Industrial Solvent)
  • Vinyl Chloride (Makes PVC2)

Cancer Causing Chemicals

  • Nitrosamines
  • Chrysene
  • Cadmium
  • Benzo(a)pyrene
  • Polonium 210
  • Nickel
  • P.A.H.S
  • Dibenz Acridine
  • B-Napthylamine
  • Urethane
  • Nitrosonornicotine
  • Toluidine


  • Aluminum
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Mercury
  • Gold
  • Silicon
  • Silver
  • Titanium
  • Lead
  • Copper

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