STOP SMOKING

BY:YOUSSEF GAMAL

WHY STOP SMOKING


Does tobacco smoke contain harmful chemicals?



Yes. Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that are harmful to both smokers and nonsmokers. Breathing even a little tobacco smoke can be harmful.

Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful, including hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia .

Among the 250 known harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 69 can cause cancer. These cancer-causing chemicals include the following:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium (a toxic metal)
  • Butadiene (a hazardous gas)
  • Cadmium (a toxic metal)
  • Chromium (a metallic element)
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Nickel (a metallic element)
  • Polonium-210 (a radioactive chemical element)
  • Vinyl chloride

Other toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke are suspected to cause cancer, including the following:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzo[α]pyrene
  • Toluene