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Components of Cigarettes

Filter cigarettes (butts) are made of acetate and are not biodegradable, ie remain in the environment for decades before degrading the environment.

Nicotine:
It is a colorless liquid that is on the floor of the snuff and turns brown when burned, the smell of snuff acquire when exposed to air is highly addictive

Carbon monoxide:
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless toxic gas. Non-irritating – no coughing, but it is very poisonous.

Acetone:
Acetone is used in the manufacture of plastics, fibers, drugs and other chemicals.

Ammonia:
Ammonia is a colorless gas with a characteristic odor. Used in many household cleaning products and industrial products for cleaning glass. Ammonia is applied directly to soil in agricultural lands, and is used to manufacture fertilizer for agricultural crops and plants.

Toluene:
Toluene is used in the manufacture of paints, paint thinners, varnish to the nails, paints, adhesives and rubbers, and certain processes of printing and leather tanning.

DDT:
It is a liposoluble insecticide, which only dissolves in fatty substances, is not excreted in the urine and accumulates in fatty tissue. I have long been using for its persistence in the environment.

Methanol:
It is the simplest alcohol. Light is a liquid, volatile, colorless, flammable and toxic to be used as an antifreeze, solvent and fuel.

Benzopyrene:
Benzopyrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. a-benzopyrene is derived from one of the greatest risk factor, after long periods of use, can trigger cell disorders causing cancer

Arsenic:
Inorganic arsenic compounds are mainly used to preserve wood. Organic arsenic compounds are used as pesticides. Arsenic can not be destroyed in the environment. As compound, arsenic can be toxic, so it is commonly used in rat poison.

Polonium 210:
Polonium-210 from phosphate fertilizers that are used in plantations and snuff is absorbed through roots and accumulated in the leaves, still in the process of industrialization and the drying and smoking is trapped in the bronchial mucosa. A smokerĀ  relx and a half pack of cigarettes per day received 400 rads in the bronchi of alpha radiation per year, equivalent to 300 chest radiographs, or nearly one per day.

Cadmium:
Cadmium is a natural substance in the earth’s crust. Usually found as mineral combined with other substances such as oxygen, chlorine, or sulfur. It has many uses including batteries, pigments, coatings for metals, and plastics. Cadmium and its compounds are carcinogenic.

Aniline:
Aniline is a colorless liquid, slightly yellow smell. It is used to make polyurethane foam, agricultural chemicals, synthetic dyes, antioxidants, stabilizers for rubber, paints and herbicides and explosives. The EPA has determined that aniline is probably carcinogenic in humans.

 

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