Anatomy of a cigarette

Have you ever taken the time to think about what is inside a cigarette? Well, if you haven’t you might want to consider taking a second thought about what you’re smoking. There are many different poisonous chemicals, gases, and toxins that can have many major effects on your health.

Below is a long list of chemicals that are found within cigarettes:  – Ammonia is a common chemical you will find the toilet cleaners and industrial-strength cleaners. It is very potent, pungent and is used to kill bacteria.

This is what is really in your cigarette

This is what is really in your cigarette

Ammonia – Ammonia is a common chemical you will find the toilet cleaners and industrial-strength cleaners. It is very potent, pungent and is used to kill bacteria.

Arsenic – arsenic is a poisonous chemical compound that contains and is derived from several toxic metals. Arsenic is typically found in pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and various alloys it can also be used to kill small animals such as rats, scorpions and other insects.

Nicotine – nicotine is a substance that comes from plants typically from tobacco that is highly addictive chemical. This chemical has negative effects on the human body and due to its addictive nature is hard for most people to quit.

Methanol - methanol as a form of alcohol that is derived from wood. Methanol is toxic to humans and is known to cause blindness and death is one of the simplest alcohol’s very volatile and flammable.

Carbon monoxide – carbon monoxide is a gas that is emitted from cars it is very poisonous to humans many people die a year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Although there are only trace amounts found with cigarettes Mr. poisonous and dangerous to the body

Methane – methane is a principal component of natural gas. Methane gas is responsible for the increasing development of the greenhouse effect and deterioration of the ozone layer on the earth. High levels of methane gas can be potent or toxic to humans. It is also believed that methane is a key ingredient for global warming.

Acetic acid – acidic gases and organic acid that is typically found in vinegar it has a very pungent smell and sour taste. In large doses it can be toxic to humans it is also found in photographic film and wood glue.

Butane – butane is a liquid compound that is typically found in letter fluid or used for gas grills. It is a highly combustible and flammable gas that is also known to be toxic to humans.

Cadmium – Cadmium is the type of metal very close to sink or mercury. Cadmium is known to cause corrosion on steel and metal surfaces.

Stearic Acid – Stearic Acid is a waxy white substance that is a fatty acid. It is ­found in animal and vegetable fats, and is a component that is used to make candles, plastics, oil pastels, and cosmetics.

Hexamine - hexamine is a crystal like compound that is typically found plastics. Hexamine also has medical uses that are typically used to treat urinary tract infections by doctors and medical professionals.

Toluene –Toluene is the main component that is found in paint banners that strong smell the smell would be using paint thinner is toluene. Toluene when inhaled has intoxicating properties which can cause severe neurological harm.

There are many dangerous and toxic chemicals that are found in cigarette. After reading about all these different poisons, you might want to think twice before sticking a cigarette in her mouth again. No wonder hundreds and thousands of deaths a year are from cigarettes…



Name: John Durham
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Hi, my name is John and I am proud to say that I am smoke free for almost 5 years! I have recently decided to start writing for to help those who want to quit the habit.  Quitting Smoking is a very difficult thing to do and hopefully this the resources on this website can help aid other to becoming smoke free.