Facts about Smoking and Tobacco

Facts about Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco and Cigarette Smoke

Tobacco is the dried, shredded and processed leaves from the tobacco plant. It is used in cigarettes, and cigars. Although it is usually smoked, some people chew tobacco leaves. Tobacco contains a highly addictive ingredient called nicotine.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals in gaseous and particulate forms, many of which are highly poisonous and can cause cancer.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-13-13-40Some contents of Tobacco Smoke

  • Tar (a mixture of chemicals including formaldehyde, arsenic and cyanide)
  • Nicotine (powerful and fast acting drug)
  • Carbon Monoxide {CO}(an odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas)
  • Acetone (widely used as a solvent, for example in nail polish remover)
  • Ammonia (found in dry cleaning fluids)
  • Arsenic (a deadly poison, used in insecticides)
  • Formaldehyde (highly poisonous and used to preserve dead bodies)
  • Cadmium (a highly poisonous metal used in batteries)
  • Shellac (when mixed with denatured alcohol, the resin becomes a wood varnish)
  • Benzene (used as a solvent in fuel and chemical manufacturing)
  • Cyanide (a deadly poison)

Second Hand Smoke (Environmental Tobacco Smoke)

Secondhand smoke (also called Environmental Tobacco Smoke {ETS}) comes from the tip of a lit cigarette and the smoke that the smoker breathes out.

Third Hand Smoke

Third hand smoke refers to the tobacco residue left on surfaces, in the home or car for example. This residue can remain on walls, floors, upholstery etc. for months after a person has smoked a cigarette. People may be exposed to these chemicals by touching contaminated surfaces or breathing in the contaminated dust and particles from them.

There is NO safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.