Tobacco Free Nebraska for a great state of health

Tobacco Free Nebraska

What's in Cigarette Smoke?
(Hint: It's More Than Tobacco!)

Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds. Hundreds are toxic and at least 70 are known to cause cancer. Tobacco smoke itself is a known human carcinogen.1 Here are just a few of the chemicals/compounds found in cigarette smoke and their common uses:

Chemical/ Compound

Common Use

Poison Symbol Acetone Nail polish remover
Poison Symbol Ammonia Floor and toilet cleaner
Poison Symbol Arsenic Rat poison
Poison Symbol Benzene Industrial solvent
Poison Symbol Cadmium Rechargeable batteries
Poison Symbol Carbon monoxide

Auto exhaust

Poison Symbol DDT


Poison Symbol Formaldehyde Preservative for dead bodies, wood, and fabric
Poison Symbol Lead Fishing sinkers
Poison Symbol Napthalene Moth balls
Poison Symbol Nicotine Insecticide and the addictive drug in tobacco
Poison Symbol Polonium 210 Radioactive compound

12010 Surgeon General's Report
Additional Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

For more information, contact:
Tobacco Free Nebraska
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2101
E-mail: TFN Info