Cigarettes & Pharmaceuticals - Brothers in Arms

Let me just say I hate smoking. In all forms. As in really hate it. If you need something in your body (or think you do) eat it or drink it. Your lungs are one of the quickest ways to provide an uptake of any substance - up there with the minute blood vessels under your tongue, into your veins and through your skin.

But why are cigarettes the main focus of modern poisoning?

Do you know the ingredients?

What if the real issue is not the cigarette but the actual smoking act itself? You wouldn't consider eating arsenic - would you smoke it? Or inject it? Let's think about that.

You quite probably are already.

Did you know that many skin care products and medicines actually parallel cigarettes in toxic substances? But they are okay because some invisible entity says so? Did you ask? Read? Actually look into it?

Nope, fancy packaging and promotion is the key factor in most choices today.

So where am I going with this? Below is a list of just some of the known cigarette ingredients - many inert and harmless in their natural state - but if smoked or injected then they can and do kill. Then I am going to list the active, dangerous ingredients and let you know you are most likely ingesting or absorbing them into your body every single day - by choice.

WHAT'S IN A CIGARETTE (more importantly, why? If people just want a calming nicotine hit - why can't you drink the tea?)

Ammonia: Household cleaner * Arsenic: Used in rat poisons

Phthalates *

Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber *

Citric acid *

DDT: A banned insecticide *

Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals * Methoprene Megastigmatrienone

Maltitol * Napthalene Methyl isocyanate

Acetone (Nail Polish Remover) *

Ammonia (Floor/Toilet Cleaner) *

Arsenic (Poison) *

Butane (Cigarette Lighter Fluid) *

Cadmium (Rechargeable Battery) *

Carbon Monoxide (Car Exhaust) *

DDT /Dieldrin (Insecticides) *

Ethanol (Alcohol) *

Formaldehyde (Body Tissue Preservative) *

Hexamine (Barbecue Lighter) *

Hydrogen Cyanide (Gas Chamber Poison)

Methane (Swamp Gas)

Methanol (Rocket Fuel) *

Naphthalene (Mothballs) *

Nicotine (Insecticide/Addictive Drug) *

Barium *

Nitrous Oxide *

Phenols (Disinfectant) *

Stearic Acid (Candle Wax) *

Toluene (Industrial Solvent) *

Nitrosamines *

Chrysene *

Bromide *

Chlorine *

Cadmium *

Squalene *


Metals *

Aluminum *

Mercury (often removed from labels but not product) *

Silicon *