Why do cigarettes have 4000 chemicals in them?
February 21, 2007 5:26 PM Subscribe
OK, so there are apparently 4000 different chemicals in a cigarette, right? But as I understand it, the only substance that makes it addictive is nicotine. So why don't cigarette companies simply not
include all these various chemicals? Does their removal lessen the 'joy' smokers get from smoking a cigarette? What's their purpose?
posted by Effigy2000 to Health & Fitness (44 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a non-smoker, so I don't know why anyone would get a kick out of smoking in the first place. But it seems to me that from a list of around 4000 chemicals, a list which the anti-smoking ads tell me include chemicals like formaldehyde, arsenic and cyanide, none of them seem neccessary to the proper functioning of a product that at its simplest only needs nicotine for addiction and paper to hold it in and help burn it.
So why include them in the first place? Are they really neccessary or are they there for some more sinister purpose?