Chemicals in Tobacco
Would you pour nail polish
remover (Acetone) over your cereal in the morning, or brush
your teeth with mascara (Stearic Acid) ? Of course not!
Would you use shaving cream (ethanol) in place of whipped
cream on a piece of pie? Nope! Yet, when you use tobacco,
you are taking these chemicals into your body! There are
over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco. 200 of them are heavy
metals like cadimum (which is used to make batteries). Over 200
of the chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer causing).
A few of them are
Acetone: Nail Polish
Ammonia: A poison used
Arsenic: A poison which
Hexamine: A cancer
Cadmuim: A heavy metal
Carbon Monoxide: A
DDT: A deadly poison
Stearic Acid: Used in
Nicotine: An addictive
Toluene: a poisonous
Hydrogene Cynaide: A
Nicotine is more addicting than|
heroin and cocaine. Many people continue to smoke,
even though they would like to quit, partially
because they have become dependent upon the drug in
tobacco, Nicotine. However, most people find they
are “hooked to tobacco” even
more because of the psychological (emotional)
bonding, as well as the habitual (habit) addiction.
Most people will find their smoking and/or chewing habit is
a combination of all three ways mentioned below. However,
you will probably find that your addiction is strongest in
one of the three areas. Once you are aware of how you are
addicted to using tobacco, you can begin preparing in
advance how you will deal with situations as they arise
without smoking or chewing.
You will probably find you aren’t as
addicted to the drug (Nicotine) as much as you thought you
were. Withdrawing from nicotine will be uncomfortable, but
not painful. These withdrawal symptoms vanish within a few
days. Although they are uncomfortable, they aren’t
painful. If, like most users, you find your using has
simply become a habit, the strategies below can help you
break the habit. You may find that smoking is like having an
old friend around. Or, you may be emotionally bonded to
smoking or chewing. Once you find where your addiction
lies, it will be easier to find techniques to help you get
through tough times without using.
If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3|
you are mostly hooked because of the chemical –
is an addictive substance
craves the drug nicotine
go away in a few days when you quit smoking
addiction is the easiest to break.
If you answered yes to questions 4, 5, and 6|
you keep smoking mostly because smoking has
become a habit.
Habits are much harder to break than the
Unintentionally link smoking up with other
things (watching TV, drinking coffee, etc.
After a few weeks of repetitions, habits are
well formed and more difficult to break.
Strong bonds make smoking a strong habit to
If you answered yes to questions 7, 8, and 9|
you keep smoking mostly because of emotional, or
A strong bond has formed without your consent
or even knowledge to smoking
Helps you deal with stress, anger, boredom, etc.
Smoking is like an old friend