When a cigarette is lit, it burns at temperatures up to 900°C. At these temepratures the generation of more than 6,000 different chemicals is triggered. Many of which, are considered harmful or potentially harmful.
burning is the main cause of harm in cigarettes
Burning tobacco releases many harmful chemicals.In fact, the smoke from a cigarette contains over 6000. So, if there's no burning, the levels of chemicals released can be far lower. Quitting is best.
For those who don't quit, smoke-free products like e-cigarettes, heated tobacco, and nicotine pouches are a better choice than continuing to smoke. These alternatives aren’t risk-free and still contain nicotine, which is addictive, but they're better than continuing to smoke.
900°C A BURNING CIGARETTE
400°C ONSET OF COMBUSTION
At these high temperatures the process of tobacco combustion begins. The tobacco ignites, resulting in the tobacco burning and smoke being generated.
'Scientific studies have shown that as the temperature of tobacco increases the levels of harmful chemicals formed increase.'
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS NICOTINE?
Nicotine is an addictive chemical and it's not without risks. Nicotine, taste and ritual are some of the reasons why packing in smoking is so hard for so many people. But many do quit, it's always the best thing to do.
Lots of people falsely believe that nicotine is what causes smoking-related diseases. In reality, smoke and the high levels of harmful chemicals contained in it are the main cause of smoking-related illness.
HARM REDUCTION, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Cyclists wear helmets. Drivers belt up. Sunscreen helps protect against UV rays. These are all examples of harm reduction.
Harm reduction works. And it's the idea behind smoke-free products. Quitting will always be the best choice. But for those who don't, smoke-free products are not risk-free and addictive but better for adults than continuing to smoke.
It can work for people who smoke too.