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October 31, 2014  
Anatomy of a Cigarette

What is a cigarette?

A cigarette is a scientifically designed drug delivery device that is intentionally engineered to deliver nicotine to the brain in seconds. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Some of them are potent carcinigens. These chemicals come from a variety of sources. Most are naturally produced by pyrolysis (the burning of a cigarette); some come from the chemicals within the soil, the paper surrounding the tobacco column, and the manufacturing process; and still others are deliberately added. All in all, these chemicals include both carcinogens and other potent toxicants that, when burned and inhaled, are transported to numerous organ sites in the human body.

Below is a typical filtered cigarette. Click on the text labels in order to get more information on that part of the cigarette. Further information can be found in the Dutch Expert Report and WHO Expert Report in the "Testimonies" area of the website.



IS A CIGARETTE A NATURAL PRODUCT? OR ONE ENGINEERED FOR ONLY ONE PURPOSE:
TO DELIVER THE ADDICTIVE DRUG NICOTINE?
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