So why is tobacco so bad?
Cigarettes and roll ups...
... are the most popular tobacco product sold in the UK. There is little difference between the two in terms of health.
...are used to make the cigarette more palatable to the user. 600 different additives are currently permitted for use in cigarettes in the UK.
What are they...
These additives can be toxic when combined with other substances or when burned during smoking.
The list of the 600 additives can be found here
When those 600 additives are burned they release over 7,000 harmful chemicals that get inhaled directly into the lungs these include...
Such as Uranium, Lead and polonium 210. These radioactive materials are given off in the smoke when tobacco is burned, which are then taken directly into smokers lungs as they inhale.
70 different Carcinogens
A carcinogen is defined as any substance that can cause or aggravate cancer. Approximately 70 of the chemicals found in cigarettes are known carcinogens like Benzene, Formaldehyde and Vinyl Chloride.
Toxic/heavy metals are metals and metal compounds. These metals like Arsenic, Cadmium and mercury damage lung tissue and build up over time to cause kidney, liver, bone and blood damage.
Different types of smoke and the dangers they bring