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Katie 2009/01/31 07:01:56
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CIGARETTES:
While these ingredients are approved as additives for foods, they were not tested by burning them, and it is the burning of many of these substances which changes their properties, often for the worse. Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. Forty-three known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke, or both.

It's chilling to think about not only how smokers poison themselves, but what others are exposed to by breathing in the secondhand smoke. The next time you're missing your old buddy, the cigarette, take a good long look at this list and see them for what they are: a delivery system for toxic chemicals and carcinogens.

Cigarettes offer people only a multitude of smoking-related diseases and ultimately death.

The List

* Acetanisole
* Acetic Acid
* Acetoin
* Acetophenone
* 6-Acetoxydihydrotheaspirane
* 2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine
* 2-Acetyl-5-Methylfuran
* Acetylpyrazine
* 2-Acetylpyridine
* 3-Acetylpyridine
* 2-Acetylthiazole
* Aconitic Acid
* dl-Alanine
* Alfalfa Extract
* Allspice Extract,Oleoresin, and Oil
* Allyl Hexanoate
* Allyl Ionone
* Almond Bitter Oil
* Ambergris Tincture
* Ammonia
* Ammonium Bicarbonate
* Ammonium Hydroxide
* Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic
* Ammonium Sulfide
* Amyl Alcohol
* Amyl Butyrate
* Amyl Formate
* Amyl Octanoate
* alpha-Amylcinnamaldehyde
* Amyris Oil
* trans-Anethole
* Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil
* Anise
* Anise Star, Extract and Oils
* Anisyl Acetate
* Anisyl Alcohol
* Anisyl Formate
* Anisyl Phenylacetate
* Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins
* Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate
* 1-Arginine
* Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil
* Ascorbic Acid
* 1-Asparagine Monohydrate
* 1-Aspartic Acid
* Balsam Peru and Oil
* Basil Oil
* Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil
* Beeswax White
* Beet Juice Concentrate
* Benzaldehyde
* Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal
* Benzoic Acid, Benzoin
* Benzoin Resin
* Benzophenone
* Benzyl Alcohol
* Benzyl Benzoate
* Benzyl Butyrate
* Benzyl Cinnamate
* Benzyl Propionate
* Benzyl Salicylate
* Bergamot Oil
* Bisabolene
* Black Currant Buds Absolute
* Borneol
* Bornyl Acetate
* Buchu Leaf Oil
* 1,3-Butanediol
* 2,3-Butanedione
* 1-Butanol
* 2-Butanone
* 4(2-Butenylidene)-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One
* Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil
* Butyl Acetate
* Butyl Butyrate
* Butyl Butyryl Lactate
* Butyl Isovalerate
* Butyl Phenylacetate
* Butyl Undecylenate
* 3-Butylidenephthalide
* Butyric Acid]
* Cadinene
* Caffeine
* Calcium Carbonate
* Camphene
* Cananga Oil
* Capsicum Oleoresin
* Caramel Color
* Caraway Oil
* Carbon Dioxide
* Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder
* Carob Bean and Extract
* beta-Carotene
* Carrot Oil
* Carvacrol
* 4-Carvomenthenol
* 1-Carvone
* beta-Caryophyllene
* beta-Caryophyllene Oxide
* Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract
* Cassia Bark Oil
* Cassie Absolute and Oil
* Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute
* Cedar Leaf Oil
* Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana
* Cedrol
* Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin
* Cellulose Fiber
* Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract
* Chicory Extract
* Chocolate
* Cinnamaldehyde
* Cinnamic Acid
* Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract
* Cinnamyl Acetate
* Cinnamyl Alcohol
* Cinnamyl Cinnamate
* Cinnamyl Isovalerate
* Cinnamyl Propionate
* Citral
* Citric Acid
* Citronella Oil
* dl-Citronellol
* Citronellyl Butyrate
* itronellyl Isobutyrate
* Civet Absolute
* Clary Oil
* Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract
* Cocoa
* Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder
* Coconut Oil
* Coffee
* Cognac White and Green Oil
* Copaiba Oil
* Coriander Extract and Oil
* Corn Oil
* Corn Silk
* Costus Root Oil
* Cubeb Oil
* Cuminaldehyde
* para-Cymene
* 1-Cysteine
http://quitsmoking.about.com/cs/nicotineinhaler/a/cigingredie...



MARIJUANA:
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol; THC for short.
http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/marijuana.html
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  • ntech 2009/02/17 17:38:17 (edited)
    None of the above
    ntech
    +2
    Marijuana is at least innocuous and perhaps beneficial in the case of cancer.

    Cellular studies and even some studies in animal models suggest that THC has antitumor properties, either by encouraging the death of genetically damaged cells that can become cancerous or by restricting the development of the blood supply that feeds tumors, Tashkin tells WebMD.

    In a review of the research published last fall, University of Colorado molecular biologist Robert Melamede, PhD, concluded that the THC in cannabis seems to lessen the tumor-promoting properties of marijuana smoke. http://www.foxnews.com/story/...

    French study: In the cohort studies, increased risks of lung or colorectal cancer due to marijuana smoking were not observed,
    but increased risks of prostate and cervical cancers among non-tobacco smokers, as well as adult-onset glioma among tobacco and non-tobacco smokers, were observed. See less cases with smoking marijuana. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...

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  • TomButler 2011/03/03 06:13:16
    Cigarrettes are worse...
    TomButler
    Cigarettes kill over 400,000 Americans per year and reduce the quality of life for almost everyone that smokes for at least 20 years.

    Marijuana has never killed anyone, most people out grow it in a few years, and it improves the quality of life for many people with a variety of ailments, especially people with wasting syndrome or spasticity disorders.

    How can you even compare the two like that?

    NIDA is required by law to misinform the public about the dangers of marijuana.
  • mauree_nicole 2010/03/31 19:57:41
    Both are terrible...
    mauree_nicole
    +1
    i personally wouldn't do either one but with other people.. they all have a choice
  • TrueAmerica 2009/12/04 01:15:06
    Cigarrettes are worse...
    TrueAmerica
  • DavidNC 2009/04/02 01:13:13
    Cigarrettes are worse...
    DavidNC
    I think it's obvious that cigarrettes are far worse for your health than marijuana. According to the cigarette info,
    "Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic."
    Somehow, I doubt you're going to find over 4000 chemical compounds in weed. (even if, as some loathesome marijuana dealers are known to do, other compounds are added to it before it is sold.)
    Also, the article on the effects of marijuana (from a government website) strangely states,
    "...marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke",
    but then goes on to say,
    "however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers. Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated".
    It seems more than a little contradictory to claim that weed contains 50 to 70 percent more cancer-causing hydrocarbons but then to say that they can find absolutely no link to cancers of the lung and respiratory system. I noticed that they omitted all possible positive effects of marijuana on it's possible cancer-fighting properties. Strange, huh?
    (btw, great posts ntech. You cited the exact information omitted by the NIDA article.)
  • ntech 2009/02/17 17:38:17 (edited)
    None of the above
    ntech
    +2
    Marijuana is at least innocuous and perhaps beneficial in the case of cancer.

    Cellular studies and even some studies in animal models suggest that THC has antitumor properties, either by encouraging the death of genetically damaged cells that can become cancerous or by restricting the development of the blood supply that feeds tumors, Tashkin tells WebMD.

    In a review of the research published last fall, University of Colorado molecular biologist Robert Melamede, PhD, concluded that the THC in cannabis seems to lessen the tumor-promoting properties of marijuana smoke. http://www.foxnews.com/story/...

    French study: In the cohort studies, increased risks of lung or colorectal cancer due to marijuana smoking were not observed,
    but increased risks of prostate and cervical cancers among non-tobacco smokers, as well as adult-onset glioma among tobacco and non-tobacco smokers, were observed. See less cases with smoking marijuana. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...
  • pbird49 2009/02/01 04:03:37
    Cigarrettes are worse...
    pbird49
    I'd say cigarettes are the worse of the two. Both are bad for the lungs but cigarettes seem able to harm the lungs of others around them. I have never heard that about weed.
  • Scorpiano 2009/01/31 19:49:49
    Cigarrettes are worse...
    Scorpiano
    +1
    Marijuana is not even a drug, it`s a plant. A plant you can smoke, eat, wear, make medicine from it, the entire plant can be useful and improves the ground it`s grown in.
    If marijuana is a drug than broccoli can be labeled a drug as well.
  • pbird49 Scorpiano 2009/02/01 04:05:33
    pbird49
    That leads me to sak, just where do you think drugs come from?
  • Scorpiano pbird49 2009/02/01 06:35:28
    Scorpiano
    +1
    Drugs that are made from the poppy plant have to be ultered before it can be used and also the cocoa plant is ultered to get the cocaine from it as well as coco.
    Many of the drugs on the market are actually synthetic (man made) now.
    Marijuana is used and preferred in it`s natural state once it`s dried.
  • pbird49 Scorpiano 2009/02/01 06:45:37
    pbird49
    +1
    OK. I understand your thought patterns on the subject now. Thank you.
  • JCLadybug Scorpiano 2009/07/13 19:38:58
    JCLadybug
    "Many of the drugs on the market are synthetic"

    Less than 25% of drugs are purely Man-made. Most are either the natural products themselves, their analogs, or derivatives of their analog (pharmacophore).
  • LilHulk88 2009/01/31 16:19:55
    Both are terrible...
    LilHulk88
    +2
    Additives or not, smoking is the problem, not just the product. Burn anything and the chemical properties change, if it is so good, then sit in the smoke of a camp fire and inhale, just as bad.
  • ntech LilHulk88 2009/02/17 17:39:47
    ntech
    +2
    That is incorrect according to the latest studies. See my post.
  • LilHulk88 ntech 2009/02/21 16:23:05
    LilHulk88
    "Less" does not mean better, somewhat like "less tar" being advertised when I was a kid. Smoking anything is a health risk, your choice, but still a risk. It should be legalized, it is no worse than alcohol, but like alcohol, it needs to be controlled and have a test to make sure it is illegal to use while driving and operating heavy machinery.
  • ntech LilHulk88 2009/02/21 18:46:59 (edited)
    ntech
    +2
    I absolutely agree with you. Driving or operating machinery under the influence of any substance is dangerous not to mention, plain stupid. My point is that if a person of legal age wishes to smoke a little pot and watch a ball game at home, they should have the right to do so. It should be the choice of an adult.

    In addition it makes no sense at all not to allow medical use. It is especially wrong to deny when studies have shown that it slows the growth of tumors. I was outraged at the arrest of an elderly woman in Washington State, for growing marijuana to ease the pain of her quadriplegic son.

    Here are two more studies that outline possible benefits.
    The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com...

    ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
    http://www.s...
    I absolutely agree with you. Driving or operating machinery under the influence of any substance is dangerous not to mention, plain stupid. My point is that if a person of legal age wishes to smoke a little pot and watch a ball game at home, they should have the right to do so. It should be the choice of an adult.

    In addition it makes no sense at all not to allow medical use. It is especially wrong to deny when studies have shown that it slows the growth of tumors. I was outraged at the arrest of an elderly woman in Washington State, for growing marijuana to ease the pain of her quadriplegic son.

    Here are two more studies that outline possible benefits.
    The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com...

    ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/r...
    (more)
  • LilHulk88 ntech 2009/02/21 20:00:38
    LilHulk88
    +1
    Agreed on the legalization and regulation, and medical uses have been shown for more than tumors. On the lung cancer, smoking pot, even heavily, is very different than smoking tobacco heavily, the quantities are just hugely different. Most moderate smokers never get cancer, so it is really a non-comparison unless the exposure levels are the same, which would be close to impossible.
  • Katie LilHulk88 2009/02/21 20:02:51
    Katie
    I've never heard of anybody dying from marijuana.
  • LilHulk88 Katie 2009/02/21 23:27:01
    LilHulk88
    +1
    Not directly that I know of either, we did have a case here in Milwaukee of an impaired driver killing someone, but never directly. I would consider it the same as alcohol and should be treated the same. When in school in Ann Arbor, we had no issues with it since there was a "legal" amount that anyone could possess.
  • TomButler LilHulk88 2011/03/03 08:21:26
    TomButler
    Studies have actually shown that a marijuana smoker is less likely, not more likely, to be at fault in accidents than a totally unimpaired person. Go Figure!

    “Blood specimens were collected from a sample of 1,882 drivers from 7 states, during 14 months in the years 1990 and 1991. The sample comprised operators of passenger cars, trucks, and motorcycles who died within 4 hours of their crash.
    … While cannabinoids were detected in 7 percent of the drivers, the psychoactive agent THC was found in only 4 percent. … The THC-only drivers had a responsibility rate below that of the drugfree drivers. … While the difference was not statistically significant, there was no indication that cannabis by itself was a cause of fatal crashes.”
    REFERENCE: K. Terhune. 1992. The incidence and role of drugs in fatally injured drivers. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Report No. DOT HS 808 065.

    http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/26000/...

    I can direct you to many studies that show the same results.
  • TomButler ntech 2011/03/03 06:31:45
    TomButler
    Can you point me to a news article on this.

    "I was outraged at the arrest of an elderly woman in Washington State, for growing marijuana to ease the pain of her quadriplegic son."

    Thanks
  • TomButler LilHulk88 2011/03/03 06:29:41
    TomButler
    Yes we should have test to see if people are under the influence of ANY psychotropic drugs and if they are they should not be allowed to operate machinery or vehicles.

    Don't you agree?

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