THE 7,000+ CHEMICALS IN CIGARETTE SMOKE
When you light a cigarette, you unleash more than 7,000 chemicals. These include chemicals also found in paint thinners, pesticides and even chemical weapons. Many of the chemicals in cigarette smoke have the potential to do serious harm to your body.
· Many of the dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke—like carbon monoxide, for example—are formed as the cigarette burns.
· Chemicals in the soil and fertilizer used around a plant can add heavy metals like cadmium, lead and other toxins to tobacco. These toxins pass from the soil to the plant and straight into your body when you smoke.
· Dangerous chemicals can also be formed when tobacco leaves are cured, processed and stored, or introduced when cigarettes are manufactured.
· Even cigarettes marketed as “natural” or “additive-free” are not a safer option. Why? Because not all of the chemicals are added by tobacco companies—many, such as highlyaddictive nicotine, are found within the plant itself or form as the cigarette burns.
THE ADDICTIVE EFFECTS OF NICOTINE
Nicotine is highly addictive, and it works fast. In fact, nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds. As a teen, your brain is still developing, which can make you more vulnerable tonicotine. This may be one reason many teens who try smoking become addicted.