Denial is a defensive coping mechanism for not facing up to the reality of a nicotine habit.
There are over 40 chemicals found in cigarette smoke that are known carcinogens – that’s 40 good reasons to give up smoking now if you don’t want to deal with cancer!
Tobacco smoke is actually more dangerous to health than nicotine. Long-term inhalation of tobacco smoke exposes every cell of your body to powerful chemicals that can cause cancer and cell mutations and that ultimately causes tobacco-related illnesses.
Tobacco smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco contains over 4,000 chemical compounds and breathable, suspended particles. Some of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke have been proven to cause cancer and increase the risk of birth defects.
The compounds found in cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco include: ammonia, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, naphthalene, urethane and a variety of nitrosamines (potent human carcinogens). Formaldehyde, ammonia, urethane, and naphthalene are contained in household products with labels telling you to avoid inhaling them.
There are also radioactive chemicals in tobacco smoke such as polonium-210. So far, over 40 chemicals have been found in tobacco smoke that are known human carcinogens. This means that these chemicals have been proven to cause cancer not only in laboratory animals, but also in people.