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Old November 12th, 2017, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default Why does tobacco cigarettes contain so many toxic additives?

I was learning about why smoking is bad for health in health class, and I learned that cigarettes contain many toxic additives. Some I remember include:
  • Cadmium
  • Nitro Benzene (Gasoline)
  • Mercury
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Lead
  • Ammonia
There were more but I don't remember. What is the purpose of all those additives anyways? I was also thinking, how many cigarettes does it take to get mercury poisoning?

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Old November 12th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why does tobacco cigarettes contain so many toxic additives?

I think some are natural biproducts of productions, while others are added in to either keep them fresh longer, help them burn at the right rate, or some other "benefit". As for mercury poisoning, it looks like it takes A LOT to effect you. Reading up on it quickly, it looks like a cigarette gives up 5 ng while burning, and to actually be effected by it requires something literally magnitudes higher than a nanogram, so its not a concern

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Old November 12th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #3
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I did some brief research on google and pretty much every page I clicked said the same thing as this article. https://www.thenakedscientists.com/a...als-cigarettes
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Old November 13th, 2017, 10:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why does tobacco cigarettes contain so many toxic additives?

I heard that pure tobacco is better than cigarettes which contains lots of additives. And I heard that vape juice has the most additives (Don't know if that is true or not), though it has been said that vape does not create real smoke so it doesn't harm lungs as bad.

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Old November 14th, 2017, 01:26 AM   #5
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I heard that pure tobacco is better than cigarettes which contains lots of additives. And I heard that vape juice has the most additives (Don't know if that is true or not), though it has been said that vape does not create real smoke so it doesn't harm lungs as bad.
Even smokeless tobacco can cause cancer. Though rolling your own cigarettes could possibly be healthier than a pack, it probably doesnt make much of a difference. Vaping is often praised as a healthier alternative to smoking, but it's not that different honestly. I am inclined to believe that it does contain more additives as it is processed to be vaporized rather than burned. If you want to be healthier, you're better off just not consuming tobacco.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #6
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Even smokeless tobacco can cause cancer. Though rolling your own cigarettes could possibly be healthier than a pack, it probably doesnt make much of a difference. Vaping is often praised as a healthier alternative to smoking, but it's not that different honestly. I am inclined to believe that it does contain more additives as it is processed to be vaporized rather than burned. If you want to be healthier, you're better off just not consuming tobacco.
I know, any method of taking in tobacco can be cancerous and unhealthy. I am talking about the level of un-healthiness.

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Old November 16th, 2017, 09:44 PM   #7
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Read up on Jeffrey Wigand and the Vanity Fair article from 1996 called "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Also, check out the movie 'The Insider" it deals with the subject of a biochemist who once worked for a prominent tobacco company and then turned whistle blower to let the American public know about how dangerous cigarettes are and the process of how they make them so addictive.

Basically all of those chemicals in the cigarettes interact with the nicotine to impact the absorption into the lungs and bloodstream. Basically, it gets you "high" faster and gives you a better satisfied feeling. I know cigarettes don't actually get you high, but I'm just using that term loosely, because they do create physiological and chemical changes in your brain and throughout the body.

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