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Cigarettes: why are there so many toxic substances in them??

I don't get it, at the start isn't tobacco just dried leaves which can be smoked? So how is it that we find in cigarettes substances like Acetone, Acetic Acid, Ammonia (like in household cleaners), Arsenic (like to kill rats), Benzene, Butane, Cadmium, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Hexamine, Lead, Naphthalene (like to kill moth), Methanol (like in space rockets), Tar (like on roads), Toluene, etc.

What the hell are all these substances doing in cigarettes?? How and WHY did they get there?!

I can't understand, and I don't see a single reason why the tobacco industry is adding these substances, which are not only dangerous, but carcinogenic for the most part! Why?? What's the purpose??

There is certainly a reason, but that escapes me completely, but most of all, how can it be legal?? I mean, all these substances are known and classified to be highly harmful, so how can the US Food and Drug Administration can close its eyes over this, and let it continue?

Why can't cigarettes just be tobacco, like it was at the beginning, even if they will still contain nicotine.

Now, there are also the electronic cigarettes (which happen to be made more or less by the cigarette manufactures themselves), but for some reason, we also find dangerous chemicals in them, why??

Can anyone explain?

by: G-1020


December 10, 2014 (5 years ago)

8 Replies & Comments

I was wondering the same. May be they are contributing, somehow, to the addiction, or resulting from chemical reactions within the cigarette.

by: G-116

Message #1

January 14, 2015 (4 years ago)

You would be surprised to learn all we can also find in cosmetics, or even commercial foods! Our everyday life is surrounded by poisons. In the ancient times, our ancestors had to survive in environments full of menaces and dangers. Nowadays, with our evolved society, we have to struggle way less with these kinds of dangers, so, we created new ones...

by: G-319

Message #2

March 30, 2015 (4 years ago)

The arsenic is probably natural. Tobacco is a plant and arsenic occurs in nature, in the soil. But yeah, I agree, there are a lot of added ingredients to cigarettes. The companies claim it is to keep the tobacco "fresh" longer, moister, burn cleaner, longer, etc.

But you know, people can smoke pure tobacco is they want. Pure tobacco is still sold in small pouches in tobacco stores. You can buy little rolling machines for a few bucks and roll your own cigarettes. I did and it saved me a fortune. I think people either don't know this or are just too lazy.

by: G-331

Message #3

April 03, 2015 (4 years ago)

I guess that some of these substances are produced during the combustion of the tobacco, aren't they?

I also suspect that, like for food, manufacturers are adding all kind of substances to save money, and also may be to create more addiction. But that's only a guess.

by: G-1250

Message #4

April 02, 2017 (2 years ago)

Even in electronic cigarettes there are tons of other kind of dangerous substances. Seems like God doesn't want someone to smoke safety. This is something to meditate on.


by: G-1308

Message #5

May 05, 2017 (2 years ago)

and why cigarettes are not forbidden! cigarettes kill smokers, and they also kill people around. you may not be smoking yourself, but being exposed to smoke, you can develop cancer anyhow!

i can't think of anything more stupid. smokers waste their money, for what? to smell bad? to developing breathing problems? to die young? so you pay to suffer and be killed!


by: G-1553

Message #6

October 20, 2018 (13 months ago)

I do not think the tobacco industry is adding toxic substances on purpose, their goal is not to kill people! Most of these substances are certainly produced by the combustion itself, which is transforming the tobacco.

by: G-1692

Message #7

March 22, 2019 (8 months ago)

Like G-1692, I don't believe a second that the Tabasco industry is adding these substances on purpose. "However", they are adding all kind of stuff to create more addiction, and this might be related, I don't know. The easier is ... don't start smoking!

by: G-1761

Message #8

August 25, 2019 (3 months ago)

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