Your body on its first cigarette

Your body on its first cigarette

A cigarette is a narrow cylinder of finely cut tobacco leave that are rolled into thin paper for smoking. Cigarette manufacturers have described cigarettes as a drug administration system for the delivery of nicotine in acceptable and attractive form cigarettes are addictive(because of nicotine) and cause cancer, heart problems and other health problems. Cigarettes carry serious health risks, which are more prevalent than with other tobacco products. Nicotine a chemical in tobacco, which is used to manufacturer Cigarettes.

What’s In a Cigarette?

There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous. Many of these chemicals also are found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.

Here are a few chemicals:

Acetone – found in nail polish remover

Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye

Ammonia – a common household cleaner

Arsenic – used in rat poison

Benzene – found in lighter fluid

Butane – used in lighter fluid

Cadmium – active component in battery acid

Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes

Formaldehyde – embalming fluid

Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid

Lead – used in batteries

Naphthalene – an ingredients in mothballs

Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel

Nicotine – used as insecticide

Tar – material for paving roads

Toluene – used to manufacture paint

The Global Youth Tobacco Survey showed that 4.4% of children surveyed in Classes VIII, IX, and X in India smoked cigarettes; that 24% of boys and 13.4 of girls think that those who smoke have more friends; that 21.9% live in homes where others smoke in their presence. But here’s what smoking does to the body, and how even a single cigarette has an impact. Dr Mudit Agarwal, a surgical oncologist who specialises in head and neck cancers Institute, Delhi, tells us.

Brain and nervous system:

Nicotine gives a so-called ‘high’, closely followed by anxiety and irritability, giving it an addictive quality and making you reach out for the second.

Taste and appetite:

There’s damage to the taste buds – remember there are 7,000 chemicals in a cigarette. If you already have a poor diet or are prone to acidity, expect reflux, and a loss of appetite.


Your wind pipe may have an allergic reaction and there may be a bronchospasm, where the wind pipe constricts, leading to breathlessness. There’s paralysis of the ciliary function – the tiny cilia in the lungs and respiratory tract that keep the airways clean.


You could get palpitations – the quickening of the pulse.



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