Some Of The Scariest Ingredients In Cigarettes (You Will Quit For Good After This!)

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OK, so everyone in the world knows that smoking is not a good thing and causes all kinds of health problems, including cancer. However, for anyone who has ever gotten hooked when you were a kid, the ability to break this habit is not something easily acquired.

Most people, whether you smoke or not, have no idea what is actually inside a cigarette other than the obvious tobacco. Many people assume that the nicotine in tobacco is what makes them so dangerous, but that’s not entirely true. Believe it or not, if you broke down the chemical components of a cigarette, you would find there are about 4,000 different chemicals. 4,000! As if that was not mind boggling enough, 50 of these are known and proven carcinogens.

The crazy thing is that, once upon a time, cigarette companies even had doctors advertising their cigarettes as being a safe and healthy habit! It took many, many years of studies and lawsuits to prove that cigarettes were doing a great deal of damage. Since cigarettes were introduced into the American marketplace, they have been a driving force for numerous diseases and perhaps one of the largest contributors towards the deaths of millions of people around the world.

As we said earlier, we completely understand that quitting is no easy task. If you plan to take steps towards quitting, but need a little more time or you plan on simply smoking less and less over a period of time, you would be better off rolling your own rather than subjecting yourself to the chemicals found in commercially made cigarettes.

However, if you are still not convinced that cigarettes are all that bad for you, think again. Take a look at just some of the ingredients that are found in your cancer sticks and why so many people pressure you to quit.

Perhaps after you read this list, you will find a way to quit. Thousands of people quit for good every single year. Why not make this your year?


1. Benzene

This is a well-known carcinogen and has been linked to other diseases, such as leukemia. Benzene is a solvent used in fuel for cars and is also one of the main ingredients in rubber cement.

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2. Formaldehyde

Yeah, that stuff you used in high school to preserve dead animals? You’re smoking it. Formaldehyde is an embalming fluid and is used for dead humans as well as animals and specimens. This chemical is known to cause severe respiratory problems, stomach issues, and various other cancers including skin cancer. Nice.


3. Ammonia

Well, you know what this is, right? It’s what most people use to clean toilets and floors. Your urine is mostly made up of ammonia. It’s also found in dry cleaning products. You are inhaling toilet cleaner! Manufacturers add this to cigarettes to help convert bound nicotine molecules into free nicotine molecules, which cause you to become addicted much more quickly.


4. Acetone

This is most commonly used to remove fingernail polish. It is highly flammable and helps the cig stay lit. You are inhaling this with every puff.


5. Tar

You know that stuff you find on streets and what is used to seal roofs? That is tar and 70 percent of all the tar in a cigarette is left in your lungs where it coats them like a layer of paint. This is the substance that gives smoker’s lungs that nice black color. Tar is one of the major contributors to chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, and emphysema.


6. Nicotine

One of the most addictive substances known to man, it is also one of the deadliest. You can actually die from a nicotine overdose and it doesn’t take all that much.

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7. Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is car exhaust and it is the major source of smog in big cities. You are taking in a huge lungsful of smog every time you take a drag. You can’t taste it, and you can’t smell it, but your body certainly knows you are inhaling it. People die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning.


8. Misc. Others

Other chemicals found in cigs are rat poison (arsenic), hydrogen cyanide, which was used in Hitler’s gas chambers, DDT, a banned insecticide, lighter fluid (butane), car battery acid (sulphuric acid) and many more.

Want to quit? Check out some of the best methods proven to make quitting easier:

  • Acupuncture – Shown to help stop withdrawal symptoms
  • St. John’s Wort – Speak with your doctor before using this natural substance
  • Exercise – Just 5 minutes of intense activity stops the desire to smoke
  • Rhodiola Rosea – An herb that helps to eliminate the urge to smoke
  • Hypnosis – Combined with nicotine patches, hypnosis is a real winning combination
  • Black Pepper – Many former smokers claim that smelling black pepper reduces the urge to smoke as well as helps with withdrawal symptoms
  • Self-Massage – Cravings to smoke can be reduced by self-massage


READ ALSO: The Shocking Things They Never Tell You about E-Cigarettes


Speak to your doctor about quitting. Join support groups, tell your friends and family, talk to your pastor and do whatever it takes to quit.