Ingredients of a cigarette: That is what makes the cigarette so dangerous
A cigarette is made up of tobacco and additives. The ingredients of a cigarette contain many toxic substances. In total, one cigarette contains over 40 toxins, which are responsible for the well-known negative consequences for health. The main reason for the high potential for addiction when smoking is above all nicotine.
The nicotine in the cigarette is the natural poison of the tobacco plant to ward off pests and predators. When smoking, nicotine passes through the lungs via the bloodstream and directly into the brain. This process only takes a very short time. There it stimulates the limbic system, which is also known as the “reward center”. During this process, messenger substances are released that trigger feelings of reward and happiness. Originally, this process is intended to reward vital processes, such as eating or having sex, and to ensure that they are carried out.
Ammonia is a colorless gas which is very pungent and poisonous. It is also responsible for the smoky taste when smoking and greatly accelerates nicotine absorption. Mainly because of the fat-dissolving property of the gas, damage to the cell membrane occurs as it is penetrated quickly and easily.
Acetaldehyde is produced when sugar is burned, which is added to tobacco to improve the smoking experience. It is a colorless, numbing liquid that increases the addictiveness of cigarettes.
Tar is a liquid hydrocarbon mixture and very carcinogenic. It also clogs the cilia in the lungs and, along with other toxins, causes respiratory problems. For this reason, smokers are often affected by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and lung cancer. The chances of an agonizing death due to anxiety due to massive shortness of breath increase hereditary. It often happens that those affected end up dying of a heart attack, because a sick lungs overwhelm the heart.
Heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium are also found in cigarettes. These are highly toxic and attack the brain’s metabolism. This ingredient in the cigarette is also absolutely unhealthy.
Most people only know menthol when it comes to special menthol cigarettes. However, menthol is also an additive to conventional cigarettes. This improves the taste of the tobacco and ensures that the smoke is more bearable, which can be inhaled better. This makes it easier for young smokers to get on and makes it harder for older smokers to get out.
The american lung association informs you about other ingredients of cigarettes here