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What Toxic Substances Does Tobacco Smoke Contain?

Posted on 9th February, 2021

by Legal Staff

Every year, 1 in 5 people loses their life to a disease caused by smoking in the United States, which makes tobacco use the leading cause of preventable death in the country.

Because tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, out of which 250 are harmful to our health, it should come as no surprise that engaging in this unhealthy habit results in a disease so often.

There are 16 million people who struggle with disease as a consequence of smoking.

Out of the 250 toxic substances that tobacco smoke contains, 69 are known carcinogens, which means that they actively contribute to the development of a malignant disease over the years.

According to medical studies, a person who is going to come to suffer from a disease as a consequence of smoking will receive their diagnosis within 17 years.

However, this period of time may be shorter or longer depending on factors such as the number of cigarettes they smoke a day, the potency of tobacco, and whether they have a genetic predisposition to pulmonary diseases.

What Are the Most Shocking Chemicals Found in Tobacco Smoke?

Manufacturing a cigarette requires a staggering number of 600 ingredients, as companies usually mix certain substances with dried tobacco leaves to create a more appealing flavor to their product. Smoking causes 480,000 premature deaths in the United States every year, as it contains multiple shocking chemicals that actively contribute to the development of cancer.

While most people associate tobacco smoking with lung cancer, this detrimental habit is responsible for numerous other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and throat cancer.

The following are the most outrageous substances that are released by tobacco smoke in the air every time you light up a cigarette:

  • arsenic: a heavy metal used in rat poison
  • benzene: found in rubber, cement, and gasoline
  • benzopyrene: a substance that can lead to gene mutations
  • beryllium: a heavy metal that is linked to lung cancer
  • cadmium: the active component in battery acid
  • chromium: a metal that has a strong connection with lung cancer
  • cumene: a human carcinogen known to cause lung cancer
  • ethylene oxide: a flammable gas that is present in antifreeze
  • formaldehyde: a chemical found in embalming fluid
  • nickel: a heavy metal related to lung cancer
  • lead: a substance used in batteries
  • polonium: a radioactive element
  • acetaldehyde: a human carcinogen linked to laryngeal cancer
  • isoprene: a carcinogen that may cause malignant lung tumors
  • acrylonitrile: a substance used to manufacture plastic and rubber
  • styrene: a derivate of benzene that is highly carcinogenic
  • vinyl chloride: a chemical that is linked to lung cancer
  • aromatic amines: a contaminant whose main source is tobacco

It is worthy of note that, in addition to these substances, tobacco also contains nicotine, the chemical that makes smoking so addictive. Nicotine is a very potent stimulant whose inhalation releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, giving the user a very pleasant and relaxing sensation.

For this reason, numerous smokers find themselves unable to quit, as nicotine is as addictive as more serious drugs. Luckily, there are many resources available for smokers who intend to quit, such as counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

Quality Assistance for Filing a Tobacco Product Liability Claim

Atraxia Law has been evaluating product liability claims for the last 35 years and our team of professionals is bound to provide you with quality services.

If you are a smoker who struggles with lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or throat cancer who began using tobacco before 1964 as a minor, please contact our company to find out whether you are eligible for filing a product liability claim with the companies whose cigarettes you have been smoking.

While the process is very complex, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to thoroughly describe your smoking habit to our experts and provide us with your medical records stating your related diagnosis.

Eventually, we will be able to tell you with certainty whether you qualify for filing a tobacco product liability claim. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact Atraxia Law and we will promptly answer your questions.