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  • Tobacco is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced and it's smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, out of which more than 50 are known or suspected to cause cancer and many are potent irritants
  • These include nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic and DDT
  • Nicotine is a highly addictive constituent of cigarettes and though cigarette smoke, nicotine reaches the brain in less than 10 seconds. Addiction to nicotine poses very serious health risks in the long run
  • Some of the toxic content of tobacco smoke includes: