What Is a Cigarette Made Up Of? Chemicals And Ingredient List Confirm How Dangerous Smoking Really Is

Do you know that more than 3,200 Americans that are under the age of eighteen (adult age) smoke their very first cigarette every day? Unfortunately majority of them are not aware of what exactly they are getting into. Now, many new smokers absolutely do not realize how quickly their new dangerous habit can lead to serious heart diseases such as: stroke, lung diseases, certain types of cancer and diabetes.

If you are wondering why exactly cigarette smoke is the cause of more than 480,000 deaths each year in America, look no more than the ingredients it’s made of. The regular or standard cigarette contains over 600 of the different ingredients topping a list of over 7,000 chemicals created by cigarette smoke. Where these chemicals and ingredients also show up should shock some smokers into quitting their smoking habit without return to it.

“One of the key problems of cigarettes is that they have over a hundred of ingredients added, not just what is naturally contained in the tobacco plant,” Dr. Luz Claudio, an environmental health scientist of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he said in an email “What further complicate this even more is that when these chemicals combust, they go on to form other chemicals that may and most certainly will have additional effects on health.”


Despite the above stated facts, most tobacco companies like R.J. Reynolds maintain that many of the ingredients found in cigarettes can also be found in foods and beverages approved by the Food and Drug Administration agency, a small number of these ingredients or items are also found in products that you would by no means think to put in your body otherwise.

Arsenic for example, is an inorganic substance found in rat poison and wood preservatives. On the Food and Drug Administration’s conventional List of Harmful and Potentially Harmful element present in Tobacco Smoke and Tobacco Products, dangers of arsenic include: reproductive or developmental toxicant, cardiovascular toxicant, and carcinogen.

Some of the harmful ingredient and chemicals contained or found in cigarettes are more familiar to us, some of them are: carbon monoxide, which can be found in the exhaust fumes of vehicles like cars, tractor etc and nicotine which is also found in insecticides.


Imagine a sane human being inhaling directly the fumes coming out from the exhaust of a car or generator, or drinking insecticides, of course he or she knows how dangerous this is without been told by anyone.
Unfortunately that’s what smokers are doing indirectly and this is very dangerous to their health.

There’s also another ingredients, formaldehyde, an ingredient know to cause cancer of embalming fluid. Others may not sound so nefarious or dangerous by name alone, take for example, cadmium an active constituent in batteries, or hexamine which is usually found in barbecue lighters.

About 70 of the ingredients and chemicals found in a stick of cigarette are considered to be carcinogenic, which means they are potential cancer-causing agents. Almost 90 percent or even all of these ingredients can lead straight to death in an expected way or another.


“Cigarette smoke can have negative effect the constant flow of oxygen inside our bodies in two different ways,” Dr. Brian Tiep a specialist pulmonologist who focus on pulmonary rehab with City of Hope, said. “First, carbon monoxide holds on to molecules of the hemoglobin, which prevent the flow or passage of oxygen through red blood cells. Secondly, cyanide obstructs the body tissue’s ability to take up and make use of oxygen. Unfortunately, tissues cannot function without this constant flow or passage of oxygen.”

Cigarette smoke according to the American Cancer Society is responsible for not less than 30 percent of all cancer-related deaths in the United States. This includes about 87 percent of lung cancer deaths among men and exactly 70 percent among women.

Cigarette smoke can also cause certain lung diseases which includes chronic airway obstruction, emphysema, and bronchitis. Currently, more than 16 million Americans are suffering from a disease that was caused by smoking cigarette. If necessary prevention tactics and strategies are not put in place to control the number of young Americans who pick up smoking as a habit, an estimated 5.4 million individuals under the age of eighteen will die an untimely or premature death due to smoking-related ailments.