Dangerous ingredients of the cigarette: only nicotine?

"The smoke of a cigarette of this brand contains ISO ~ 0.4 mg of nicotine and ~ 6 mg of condensate (tar), " the lettering on each cigarette pack. But that's not all!

Which ingredients are still unhealthy?

Smoking endangers health, everyone knows - but it's not just the nicotine in tobacco smoke that is responsible for the damaging effects of smoking. Meanwhile, between. 4000 to 5000 ingredients identified in the so-called blue haze, of which more than 40 are carcinogenic. Others are considered poisonous or irritating, many of them are not known yet.

Proven carcinogenic

  • benzene
  • nitrosamines
  • tar
  • arsenic compounds
  • zinc oxide

Probably carcinogenic

  • aniline
  • lead
  • cadmium compounds


  • nicotine
  • cyanide
  • Carbon monoxide


  • ammonia
  • formaldehyde
  • Nitrogen oxides

The alkaloid nicotine

Nicotine is formed in the roots of the tobacco plant and deposited in their leaves. It is one of the most toxic plant substances. The lethal dose for humans is 50 mg, inhaling the smoke of a cigarette averages 3 mg. When smoking, the nicotine enters the blood, then the skin temperature drops and the pulse is accelerated.

Terrifying facts

Every year between 90, 000 and 140, 000 people in Germany die as a result of smoking, of which approximately 400 are the result of "passive smoking". Diseases such as cancer, lung disease, heart attacks and strokes are associated with it. Due to the high combustion temperatures, the inhaled smoke contains fewer pollutants than the haze produced when the cigarette is smoldering!

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