With over 4000 harmful chemicals contained in a single cigarette, it’s difficult to pinpoint the most harmful. But, there are a few that are extremely harmful.
One is TSNAs, or tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines. These are some of the most dangerous known carcinogens.
Another is formaldehyde, an extremely toxic chemical used in the embalming of dead bodies.
And a third is arsenic, an extremely toxic substance used in rat poison.
All of these substances are very harmful on their own, but inhaled into our lungs, the damage is taken to a whole new level.
There are more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes, and 50 of them are known carcinogens. Some are also poisons. For my money, I would say the most harmful are:
1. Hydrogen Cyanide. More commonly known as the poison used in the gas chamber.
2. Arsenic. Rat poison.
3. Formaldehyde. Highly poisonous and used to preserve dead bodies.
For more harmful chemicals and information about cigarettes, check the citation.
A list of the eleven most harmful toxins was published by Ron Harder in 2002 (see link below to read the article). On that list are acetone, ammonia, arsenic, benzene, Benzoapyrene, Butane, Cadmium, Formaldehyde, Lead, Propylene Glycol and Turpentine.
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