Where Do Cigarettes Come From?

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Where do cigarettes come from, how are cigarettes made, and what is actually in a cigarette? Choices For Life answer your questions.

What is smoking?

Smoking refers to the inhalation and exhalation of fumes from burning tobacco in cigars, cigarettes and pipes.

What is tobacco?

Tobacco is a product which is made from the leaves of plants.  Tobacco is the name for any plants in the family Nicotiana.

What's in a cigarette?

A cigarette is cured tobacco leaves covered in white paper. When a cigarette is lit and starts to burn, it releases over 4000 different chemicals.

Cancer Research UK have created a handy graphic on what's in a cigarette.

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With every cigarette you smoke you inhale these chemicals and absorb them into your body.

Why is smoking addictive?

The tar, carbon monoxide and all the other chemicals are the substances that damage health, but it's the nicotine in the tobacco that causes a smoker to be hooked on cigarettes.

Nicotine is highly addictive and the brain quickly becomes used to it. Smoking cigarettes regularly and inhaling the nicotine slowly changes areas of the brain and makes the smoker believe that they need to smoke to feel okay.

Anyone can become addicted to nicotine.

What effect does smoking have on my body?

Smoking has a number of different effects on your body. Find more info here

Where do cigarettes actually come from?

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For more information on smoking, see our Choices For life pages.