Chemicals in Cigarette Smoke

Chemical Imbalance

To understand what cigarette smoke can do to your body, it’s important to consider what tobacco companies are putting in them — about 70 cancer-causing chemicals. These deadly substances don’t just harm the smoker; they poison innocent bystanders through secondhand smoke.

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In fact, secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard, killing 50,000 nonsmokers each year. More than half of Oklahoma adults are exposed to secondhand smoke on a weekly basis, which can lead to lung cancer, heart disease, strokes and even death.

The following chemicals can be found in secondhand smoke. Hover over a chemical below to learn more about it and the harm it causes.*

Secondhand Smoke

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*SOURCES:

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/second-hand-smoke-fact-sheet

http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=2

http://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/facts/toxic-mix/chemicals-in-tobacco-smoke/index.html