SmokesNOJoke

Welcome to the parents section of "smoke's no joke". We aim to arm you with all the information you need to tackle family smoking issues.

What's in a cigarette? - The chemicals

Danger

Carbon monoxide

Most commonly recognised as car exhaust, this poisonous gas stops the body getting the oxygen it needs. It also thickens the blood so the heart has to work harder to pump the blood around the body. Heavy smokers may have the ability to carry blood oxygen cut by as much as 15%.


Poison

Nicotine

Nicotine is a very addictive chemical which acts on the brain within seconds of inhaling cigarette smoke. Nicotine increases the heart rate and blood pressure which means that the heart isn't getting enough oxygen. Nicotine is also used as a pesticide.



Tar

The tar in cigarettes is a sticky brown mix of chemicals. It can cause cancer and damages the lungs (even the low-tar brands). Tar also leaves the yellow-brown stains on smokers' fingers and teeth.





These are the main chemicals in a cigarette along with many other 'household names', including:

Chemicals
  • Benzene (petrol fumes)
  • Ammonia (cleaning agent)
  • Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
  • Hydrogen cyanide (poison used in the gas chambers)
  • Acetone (nail varnish remover)
  • Radon (radioactive gas)
  • Arsenic (rat poison)

Around sixty of the chemicals in cigarettes have been shown to cause cancer. Many others are irritants.


Please refer to the Ash website for additional information

For more information please refer to the Health Issues section

For more information please refer to the Smoking and Stress section

For more information please refer to the Tobacco section

For more information please refer to the Environmental Effects section

For more information please refer to the Nicotine and Addiction section

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