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  • Health Awareness Series: April 2016 -Smoking

    April 20, 2016


    What’s in a Cigarette?

    People smoke cigarettes for different reasons. Some smoke to help them relieve stress. Some smoke to control their weight. And some smoke because they just love to smoke. Regardless of the reason, smoking is a habit that is very difficult to break. But sometimes knowing all the bad things in a cigarette can make it easier for you to stop smoking.

    There are over 4,000 chemicals in one cigarette! At least 69 of those are known to cause cancer.

    Some of the chemicals in a cigarette include:

    Chemical Also found in
    Carbon monoxide car exhaust
    Nicotine bug sprays
    Tar material to make roads
    Acetone nail polish remover
    Arsenic rat poison
    Butane cigarette lighter fluid
    Cyanide deadly poison
    Formaldehyde dead bodies as a preservative
    Lead some kinds of paint
    Three of the best known chemicals are nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.
    • Nicotine is a strong, toxic drug. A small amount of pure nicotine can kill you.
    • Tar sticks to the lungs and makes them black. The average smoker inhales about one cup of tar each year.
    • Carbon monoxide interferes with how our breathing and heart work. Once carbon monoxide gets into your system, it reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood going to the heart.
    Smoking can cause or make worse the following diseases:
    Heart disease Ulcers
    Lung disease Colds
    Cancer Tuberculosis (TB)
    Cataracts Tooth decay
    Gum disease Pre-term (early) birth

    Quitting smoking is hard. For additional information to help you quit, call the New York State Smokers Quitline toll free at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit their website at

    A word from Dr. Sharon Deans, Chief Medical Officer at Affinity Health Plan:

    Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you could do for your and your family’s health Affinity Health Plan pays for many ways to help you stop smoking. Speak with your doctor today about quitting.

    To learn more:

    American Lung Association, What’s in a Cigarette?

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking.

    US Department of Health and Human Services, “Effects of Smoking on Your Health”

    Source: American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Department of Health and Human Services

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