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What else goes into a cigarette

Arsenic

A little poison anyone? Arsenic is a metal found in ant poison. Many tobacco farmers around the world used arsenic pesticides to get rid of bugs while growing the tobacco plant. This substance finds its way into cigarettes -- and into your body.

Cadmium

You can't get more toxic than this. Cadmium is a heavy metal found in car batteries! And make no mistake about it, cadmium gets into your lungs. Researchers have estimated that up to 20% of the total cadmium in cigarettes is inhaled when smoked.

Phosphorous

Phosphorus is a mineral found in fertilizer and laundry detergent. Yes, you have phosphorus in your body, but do you really want to smoke the stuff? Poisoning from phosphorus causes irritation of the mucous membranes and inflammation. And over time, it can destroy bone.


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