Michelle E. Hale CH.t: Letter to Editor
WHAT A CIGARETTE IS MADE OF???
Covinton & Burling revealed a document in 1992 about what some of 614
differnt additives in cigarettes. Here are just a few. Acetone, a
toxic solvent . Cyanhydic acid, used in gas chambers. Methanol used in
rocket fule, antifreeze and solvants. Urethan and Tovene, used in
industrial solvents. Nicotine, is in Moth repellent. Arsenic, a lethal
poisen. Cadmium used in batteries. DDT an insectices outlawed in the
United States. Vinyl chloride, used in plastic material, and of course
Carbon monoxide. There is also a radio active compound, Polonium 210.
But it doesn’t stop there. Diammonium phosphate, a fertilizer and fire
retardant. Urea, is URINE. Levulinic acid, this concentrates, and
increases nicotine in cigarettes.
What is often not understood in the amount of sugar that is added to
tobacco, both chewing and cigarettes. There are also flavor enhancers
some of which are also poisenous. Here is a small list of these
compounds. Cocoa shells, Licorice, St. John’s Bread – carob. Prune
juice concentrate, and Angelica Root (very poisenous species.) There is
also Dandelion root extract. Sugar is added to produce a more mild
smoke and boosting potency of the smoke. There is more. Phillip
Morris Reynold lists 158 different attitives and 137 of them are
flavorants, few that were ever meant to be enhaled. Begamot oil,
fenugreek extract, geranium bourbon oil, ethyl vanillin, tangerine oil,
sandalwood and something called immortelle extract. A pinch of
cardamom, cinnamon oil, coffee, coriander, camomile and of course, corn
syrup. Your going to love this one. There is a compound called “civet
absolute” that turns out to be a secretion from the anal gland of a
civet cat. There is more! Castoreum a secretion from a Siberian
These many combonations here help the efficiency of the nicotien and the
binding in the brain. Cocoa is added for the armoa, but also for its
impact as a bronchodilator: Cocoa contains a alkaloid theobromine which
makes it easy for the lungs to recieve the smoke.
Cigarettes paper, has bleach and glues. Sometimes even accelerants are
added. There are also other compounds added to enhance the color of the
ash. Some tobacco companies have add in the “contamination factor.”
Things like rubber bands, machine belts, lubricans, ink, glass fibers
plastics and color stains. There is also bugs, and worms.
Please do not smoke around your children. Toxin stay on your clothes
and skin. One cigarette is equal to 3 to 4 to a child.
Michelle E. Hale CH.t.
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