Q: What is so bad about a cigarette?
A: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Even secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages. There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes, which create over 7000 chemicals when burned. These chemicals include:
- Acetone (also found in nail polish remover and superglue remover)
- Arsenic (also found in rat poison)
- Butane (also found in lighter fluid and refrigerant fluid in freezers)
- Naphthalene (also found in mothballs)
Existing among these and many others, is nicotine (also found in some insecticides), the addictive substance in tobacco products. Research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. For more information, please see the American Lung Association website at http://www.lung.org.