These are the Chemicals that Start With the Letter Q, R and S

This is the list of chemicals contained in cigarettes that begin with the letter Q, R and S. 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 an additive is clearly a nasty solvent how does that get approval? How much research goes into checking out these extra ingredients before they are added to our foods or our cigarettes? Does the composition of a substance change when it is burned and if so what does it change into - something poisonous?

Rose Absolute and Oil
Rosemary Oil
Rum Ether
Rye Extract
Sage, Sage oil, and Sage oleoresin
Sandalwood oil, yellow
Smoke flavor
Snakeroot oil
Sodium acetate
Sodium benzoate
Sodium bicarbonate
Sodium carbonate
Sodium chloride
Sodium citrate
Sodium hydroxide
Spearmint oil
Styrax extract, gum and oil
Sucrose octaacetate
Sugar alcohols


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 above actually sound quite innocent; rosemary oil, spearmint oil and sage all sound healthy.   Perhaps they are used to hide the bitter flavours of some of the other ingredients.

Related Pages;

The Electronic Cigarette.

Reasons to Quit Smoking.



Pulmonary Hypertension.

Return From Chemicals Q-R-S to "How To Quit Smoking".
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