Monday, December 11

Surprising Ingredients in Cigarettes

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Here are some of the surprising ingredients found in cigarettes:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup:  It isn’t surprising anymore to find high fructose corn syrup in many foods and, of course, in soft drinks.  However, I was surprised to see that high fructose corn syrup has made it into cigarettes.  Does it make you fat if you breathe it instead of eating it?
  • Glycerol: This is used in foods to make them sweeter and to help preserve them.  I suppose if tobacco has been sitting around on a shelf for several months it might require chemicals to preserve them.  Fortunately, glycerol is of a low toxicity.  Glycerol is also a humectant, meaning that it helps the tobacco to retain moisture.  Nobody likes smoking dried out cigarettes, so this ingredient seems to make sense.
  • Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol also contributes to sweetness, like the other ingredients above.  It is also a humectant.  It is used in electronic cigarettes to help burn the nicotine.  But I was surprised to find it in real cigarettes.
  • Sugars: If the cigarettes aren’t sweet enough already from the high fructose corn syrup, glycerol, and propylene glycol, the manufacturers have added sugars.  It doesn’t specify what kind of sugars, but just says, “sugars”.
  • Artificial Flavors: Who knows what sort of flavors they are adding that are artificial, but sure enough there they are.  This is a bit scary because the cigarettes already seem artificial enough without having “artificial” flavors.  It’s too bad the manufacturers don’t go into more detail here.

As you can see, there are plenty of strange ingredients that are surprising to find in cigarettes. 

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