Will You Stop Smoking?
By, Jesi Ramos
The Effects of Smoking
Whats In Them?
Ammonia– Adds flavor and enhances the effect of nicotine.
Benzene– Used as a solvent in fuel and in industry. It’s known to cause cancer in humans and is particularly associated with leukemia. ·
Cadmium– A highly poisonous metal that is also used to make batteries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, repeated exposure to cadmium, even at relatively low concentrations, may result in kidney damage and an increased risk of cancer of the lungs and of the prostate. ·
Carbon Monoxide– An odorless gas that’s lethal in large doses. ·
Formaldehyde– Used to preserve dead bodies, it’s a carcinogen that causes respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. ·
Hydrogen Cyanide- “It is among the most toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Short-term exposure can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.” (Health Canada) ·
Lead- “Lead is highly toxic metal capable of causing serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system and red blood cells.” (US EPA) ·
Mercury– Yep, the stuff in thermometers. ·
Tar– It’s the stuff that actually transports many of the other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke directly into the body.
Nicotine- The chemical that makes cigarettes as addictive as they are– as additive as cocaine and heroin. When you take a drag on a cigarette, the nicotine is absorbed into the blood and eight seconds later it reaches your brain and you get a “hit”. This nicotine hit causes other things to happen to your body including increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and constriction of blood vessels.