Poisons in a Cigarette

There are over 4,000 identified chemicals in cigarette smoke. Listed here are some of the more toxic chemicals. The words in red are ways in which the chemical is used.

Acetic Acid Vinegar:
Acetic acid is corrosive, and its vapour causes irritation to the eyes, a dry and burning nose, sore throat and congestion to the lungs.
Acetone - Nail polish remover:
Acetone is a colourless, mobile, flammable liquid. Acetone is also used to make plastic, fibers, drugs, and other chemicals.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Ammonia - Toilet cleaner:
Ammonia is normally encountered as a gas with a characteristic pungent odour.
Arsenic - Rat poison:
Arsenic is both caustic and hazardous. One of the main uses of ammonia is for fertilizer.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Butane - Cigarette lighter fluid:
Butane gas is sold as a fuel for cooking and camping. It is also used in petrol, as fuel for cigarette lighters and in aerosol sprays.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Cadmium - Rechargeable batteries:
Cadmium is known to cause cancer and occurs with zinc ores. Cadmium is used largely in batteries and pigments, for example in plastic products.
Causes: CANCER and BIRTH DEFECT
Carbon Monoxide - Car exhaust fumes:
Carbon monoxide is a major industrial gas that has many applications in bulk chemicals manufacturing.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
DDT/Dieldrin Insecticides:
DDT is one of the best-known synthetic pesticides.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Formic Acid:
The principal use of formic acid is as a preservative and antibacterial agent in livestock feed. It is used to process organic latex (sap) into rubber.
Hexamine - Barbecue lighter:
Hexamine is used in paints and lacquers, in the production of explosives and in the production of deodorants and hair fixers.
Hydrogen cyanide - Gas chamber poison:
Cyanide is used in modifying steel and explosives. It is also the poison that Adolf Hitler used to commit suicide on April 30th, 1945.
Magnesium:
Magnesium was used as a construction metal for German military aircraft as early as World War I and extensively for German aircraft in World War II.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Mercury:
Mercury is used primarily for the manufacture of industrial chemicals or for electrical and electronic applications.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Methane - Swamp gas:
Methane is important for electrical generation by burning it as a fuel in a gas turbine or steam boiler.
Methanol - Rocket fuel:
Methanol is also known as methyl alcohol, carbinol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha or wood spirits. Methanol is a common laboratory solvent.
Naphthalene Mothballs:
Naphthalene is an aromatic, white, solid hydrocarbon, best known as the primary ingredient of mothballs. Traditionally, naphthalene was administered orally to kill parasitic worms in livestock.
Nicotine - Addictive drug:
Behavioral characteristics of tobacco addiction are similar to drugs such as heroin. "Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break." - American Heart Association.
Nitrobenzene - Gasoline additive:
Nitrobenzene is an oily liquid, which is highly toxic and readily absorbed through the skin.
Nitrous oxide phenols Disinfectant:
Nitrous oxide is used in motor racing to increase the power output of engines. Nitrous oxide can cause dizziness, euphoria, sound distortion and slight hallucinations.
Stearic acid - Candle wax:
Stearic acid is an ingredient in making candles, soaps, plastics, oil pastels, cosmetics, and for softening rubber. Stearic acid is also used to harden soaps.
Toluene - Industrial solvent:
Toluene is a common solvent, able to dissolve paints, paint thinners, rubber, printing ink, glues, lacquers, leather tanners, and disinfectants.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT
Urethane:
When urethane was used medicinally, about 50 percent of the patients exhibited nausea and vomiting, and long time use led to gastroenteric hemorrhages.
Causes: CANCER
Vinyl Chloride Plastic Pipes:
Vinyl chloride was used in aerosol spray propellant until 1974.
Causes: BIRTH DEFECT