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What is in a cigarette?

By Kasia and Pamela



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What’s inside a cigarette?

There are a lot of substances inside a cigarette that you would not expect there to be. Some of them are:

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Secret Ingredients of Cigarettes

Here are some of the substances

used in

cigarettes that are listed out to the

public for the first time:

  • Sugar

  • Menthol

  • Artificial Milk Chocolate

  • Valerian Root Extract

  • Cedarwood Oil

  • Isolvaleric Acid

  • Water

  • Vanilla Extracts

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Poorer People Tend to Smoke

The statement above is true: 84% of people

living in developing countries smoke,

for example people in Bangladesh, use up

about ten more times money for tobacco

then education. Tobacco in developing

countries also causes a high illiteracy rate

because little money is spend on education.

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Second Hand Smoke

  • Second Hand Smoke is the substance that is let out once the cigarette is burned.

  • It can be also known as ETS (enviromental tobacco smoke.)

  • People which stand next to a smoking person and are involuntarily made to breath in the smoke are called passive smokers.

  • Each year, 3,000 nonsmokers die of lung cancer from second hand smoke.

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To raise awarness, children made a campaign and

a website called: ‘What are you Smoking?’ This

survey concluded that during two weeks more

teens (49%) remember tobacco avertisements

rather than adults (29%). This is probably because

of the enormous amounts of money that are spend

on advertising- $42 million a day which often target


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Quick Facts

  • Half of the people who smoke today- about 650 million – will die of a tobacco-related illness.

  • Tobacco is the second highest death cause of on Earth.

  • On average, smokers die about 13-14 years earlier than no-smokers.

  • Each cigarette takes from 5-10 minutes of your life (it might seem little, but for someone who smokes around 30 cigarettes a day, each day will cause him to die even 300 minutes earlier, which is already 5 hours less of life each day!)

  • Nearly 21% of Americans are current smokers.

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‘What’s in a Cigarette?’ Video