Cigarettes

Think before you act

What is a cigarette?

A cigarette is a small cylinder of finely cut tobacco leaves rolled in thin paper for smoking. It is lit on the other end and the smoke is inhaled.

What is in a cigarette?

  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Butane
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cadmium
  • Cresol
  • Cyanide
  • DDT
  • Lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • polonium
  • Vinyl Chloride

WHAT SMOKING CAN DO TO YOUR BODY

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What gets you hooked to a cigarette.

The number one drug that gets you hooked to a cigarette is NICOTINE. Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants. Once you get hooked to a ciggarette you will need more more.

Extra Facts

  • Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion annually in health care costs.
  • Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality in the United States and the world.
  • Women account for 39 percent of all smoking deaths.
  • Smoking-related diseases cause an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year!