What’s in a Cigarette?
You might think nicotine is the most harmful ingredient in a cigarette? Think again. Nicotine is what gets you hooked.
There are over 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, and at least 69 of them can cause cancer.
When you use NICORETTE® instead of smoking a cigarette you save yourself from a dose of:
- Acetone: a flammable solvent used in nail polish remover
- Arsenic: a poison
- Benzene: found in rubber cement
- Formaldehyde: the base of many embalming fluids
- Lead: used in batteries
- Tar: a material for paving roads
When you smoke, tar is deposited in the lungs. This contains chemicals called carcinogens, which encourage the development of cancer cells in the body. Exposure to chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde has been linked to a range of different cancers, such as leukaemia and kidney cancer.
Forming a habit takes time and breaking it doesn’t happen instantly either. But you can build new habits! In any situation where your normal response would be to reach for a cigarette, do something new. If you normally smoke after dinner, get up and take a short walk instead. If you normally smoke when you get in the car, try cycling instead.