18 Toxic Chemicals In Cigarettes (And How They Can Kill You)

Smoking can kill. Everyone knows that. Even smokers know that, even if they won’t always admit to it. What many don’t know, however, is that every time you smoke, you are exposing your body to more than 4,000 different chemicals. All of them are poisonous. And all four thousand of them get into your system with every inhale from your cigarette.

For every vital organ in the body, there is a toxic chemical in the cigarette that’s damaging it. This increases the likelihood of developing diseases, a good number of them fatal.

Below you will find 18 of the deadliest, most frightening chemicals found in every cigarette stick.

1. Acetic Acid

Acetic acid is a common ingredient in hair dye, photographic film and wood glue. It’s a highly corrosive substance. When too much of it makes it into the body, it can cause irreversible damage to the digestive system. That in turn can cause a rise in the blood’s acidity levels beyond what’s safe.

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