Smoking – the toxic cocktail

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Smoking – the toxic cocktail

Of the more than 4000 chemicals present in cigarette smoke, more than 60 have been identified as cancer causing chemicals, 11 of which are known to cause cancer in humans and 8 that have been associated with causing cancer in humans.

Cancer causing chemicals in tobacco smoke include:

  • Benzene
  • 2-naphthylamine
  • 4-aminobiphenyl
  • Chromium
  • Cadmium
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Arsenic
  • Beryllium
  • Nickel
  • Polonium-210

Toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke include:

  • Nicotine – the addictive agent in tobacco smoke. One of the most addictive substances known to man.
  • Formaldehyde – used in preservation of laboratory specimens. Basically it is embalming fluid.
  • Ammonia – used in toilet cleaner. It frees the nicotine from tobacco, turning it into a gas.
  • Hydrogen Cyanide – used in rat poison.
  • Acetone – used in nail polish remover
  • Carbon monoxide – found in car exhaust
  • Tar – particulate matter in cigarette smoke. 70% of the tar from a cigarette is deposited in your lungs.
  • Toluene – found in paint thinners
  • Phenol – used in fertilisers.

These chemicals are considered toxic because they have serious health impacts on the human body. For example:

  • Hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and tar cause, or are associated with, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive lung disease.
  • Ammonia and formaldehyde cause eye, nose and throat irritations and other breathing problems.

What’s in cigarette smoke?

  • Tobacco smoke is a complex mixture of more than 4,000 chemicals in the form of gases, particles or both. When you inhale cigarette smoke, dozens of harmful substances enter your lungs and spread through your body. They can reach your brain, heart and other organs within 10 seconds of the first puff. The chemicals in cigarettes include the following:


– an addictive drug and a toxin that narrows your veins and arteries. Nicotine raises your blood pressure and damages your heart by forcing it to pump faster and work harder. It slows your blood flow, reducing oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated.

Carbon Monoxide

– a gas that robs your heart of the oxygen it needs as fuel to pump blood around your body. Over time, your airways swell up and let less air into your lungs.


– is made up of many chemicals, including gases and substances that cause cancer. It coats your lungs like soot in a chimney. Changing to low-tar cigarettes is not a healthier option as smokers usually take deeper puffs and hold the smoke in for longer, dragging the tar deeper into their lungs.


– hazardous chemicals that paralyse and eventually kill the hair-like cells that normally sweep clean the sensitive lining of your airways.

Fine Particles

– can irritate your throat and lungs, cause ‘smoker’s cough’, make you produce more mucus and damage lung tissue.

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Courtesy of Australian Government Department of Health