This is the list of chemicals contained in cigarettes that begin with the letter N and O. When we smoke cigarettes our bodies become overloaded with chemicals and quite often when we quit smoking we become unwell or sometimes violently ill for a while. This is due to the body learning to function in the absence of these extra ingredients.
Many substances found in cigarettes are additives that are found in our processed foods and this is why they have been approved by our Government watchdogs - but what about the other additives?
When a chemical is clearly a nasty solvent how does that get approval? How much research goes into checking out these extra substances before they are added to our foods or to our cigarettes? Does the composition of a substance change when it is burned and if so what does it change into - something poisonous?
The reasons that cigarette companies offer for all of these additives is that they are needed as fillers, flavour enhances and to keep the cigarette burning.
When people first started smoking they had tobacco rolled up and that seemed good enough for them otherwise the habit would not have caught on - so why is it now necessary to add all these other things? I think it is closer to the truth to say that by adding all of these other ingredients the cigarette companies can increase their profits - simple as that.
Some of the substances listed below actually sound quite innocent; nutmeg powder, orange blossom water and orange oil all sound healthy. Oak moss and oak chips are interesting and I start to wonder just how much tobacco is actually in the cigarette! Perhaps the orange flavourings are used to hide the bitter flavours of some of the other ingredients.
beta-Napthyl Ethyl Ether
Neroli Bigarde Oil
Nutmeg Powder and Oil
Oak chips extract and oil
9,12-Octadecadienoic acid (48%) and 9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic acid (52%)
Opoponax oil and gum
Orange blossom water, absolute, and leaf absolute
Orange oil and extract
Orris concrete oil and root extract