What's Hiding in Smokeless Tobacco?*

Nitrosamines-caronogens found in products containing nicotine.

Polonium 210- a radioactive nuclear waste.

Formaldehyde- a chemical used to preserve dead bodies.

Benzene- a chemical found in gasoline.

Cyanide- a type of poisin used in gas chambers.

Cadmium- a chemical element used in car batteries.

Lead- a toxic element that has been banned from paint products.

Hydrazine- a chemical used in rocket fuel.

Arsenic- a chemical element used in rat poison.

Nicotine- a highly addictive drug.

Benzopyrene- carcinogen found in coal tar, automobile exhaust fumes and tobacco.

Angelica Lactone- carcinogen reported in natural tobacco; may also be added to smokeless as part of a flavoring mixture.

Coumarin- a toxin used in rat poison.

Urethane- a compound that was used pharmaceutically before it was found to be toxic and carcinogenic.

Uranium-235- radioactive isotope used in nuclear reactors and weapons.

Uranium-238- radioactive isotope used in nuclear reactors and weapons.


*Information provided by ETR Associates



Tobacco is a product processed from the dried leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. Tobacco is used in cigars and cigarettes, snuff, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and flavored shisha.The addictive alkaloid nicotine is popularly considered the most characteristic constituent of tobacco but the harmful effects of tobacco consumption can also derive from the thousands of different compounds generated in the smoke.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. In a 2008 report, WHO estimated that it causes 5.4 million deaths per year. Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart, liver, and lungs. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), and cancer of the lungs, larynx and mouth. 





What Does Smoking Cost?



Average Cost of Cigarettes in TN= $4.91

If you smoked 1 pack a day it would cost you:

$34.37 per week

$152.21 per month

$1792.15 per year