First-hand Smoke- What is it?
First-hand smoke is what you might think it would be: smoke that affects the smoker. This is the "smoke" (including the carcinogens, nicotine, and additives) that the smoker inhales and infiltrates his or her body.
Second-hand smoke, recently termed "environmental tobacco smoke," is the "smoke" exposure that smokers and non-smokers receive from the burning and consumption of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. The second-hand "smoke" consists not only of the nuisance portion from the smoke itself, but also contains carcinogens (cancer causing agents), nicotine (drug), and carbon monoxide (poison). While the former is what most people complain about- for instance, the smell that lingers on their clothes after leaving a bar, it is the latter that is dangerous, even deadly.
What's in a cigarette?
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While most of us would answer the Jeopardy question with: What is paper, tobacco, filter and, maybe, glue, the truth is far more complicated. Below is a partial list of cigarette ingredients. Click here to view a complete list of the 599 ingredients in a single cigarette.
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