The Shocking Ingredients in Cigarettes…

This is off-topic, but I was blown away by this so I figured I would share. I am the daughter of a smoker who smoked for many, many years until the price of cigarettes became enough of a reason for my father to quit cold turkey – and we were all very happy that he did.

The Shocking Ingredients in Cigarettes

For a start, here’s the who’s who of the most toxic ingredients used to make cigarettes tastier, and more quickly, effectively addictive:

Ammonia: Household cleaner.
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons.
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber.
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid.
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas.
Cadmium: Used in batteries.
Cyanide: Lethal poison.
DDT: A banned insecticide.
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals.
Lead: Poisonous in high doses.
Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens.
Methoprene: Insecticide.
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics.
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs.
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India, in 1984.
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element.

For the whole list of 599 additives used in cigarettes, see the BBC Worldservice page What’s in a Cigarette.

What do you think these things have the ability to do to those of us inhaling these toxins that did not choose to smoke that cigarette? What do you think they have the ability to do to our autistic kids who are already battling toxins they can’t expel?

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