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What Is in Tobacco Smoke?

Speaking Points

Some of the substances contained in secondhand smoke have other uses:

Ammonia is used as floor and toilet cleaner.3

Acetone is used as nail polish remover.4

Arsenic is used to poison rodents.5

Carbon monoxide is found in car exhaust fumes.6

Formaldehyde is used to preserve biological specimens.7

Methane is swamp gas.8

Nicotine is used as an insecticide.9

Toluene is an industrial solvent.10

Cyanide is used in the gas chamber.

Tar is used to seal roofs.

3 Glantz, S.A. Tobacco: Biology and Politics. Waco: TX: Health Edco, 1992.

4 Ibid.

5 Ibid.

6 Ibid.

7 Ibid.

8 Ibid.

9 Ibid.

10 Ibid.

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