Forget the gruesome imagery on packets of cigarettes in the UK, the health campaigns, the nanny state warnings. There are seven simple reasons not to smoke cigarettes from a chemist’s perspective, each one is present at harmful levels in cigarette smoke:
Benzene – petrochemical solvent – toxic carcinogen
Formaldehyde – commonly known as embalming fluid – toxic carcinogen
Ammonia – poisonous gas commonly used lavatory cleaner and dry-cleaning agent
Carbon monoxide – lethal gas also present in car exhaust fumes
Arsenic – toxic metalloid used in rat poison
Hydrogen cyanide – toxic gas, it’s “cyanide”, right?
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