Cigarettes Contain Sugar

Cigarettes Contain Sugar

Cigarettes Contain Sugar Plus Other Toxins and Poisons

Yes, crazy as it sounds, cigarettes do contain sugar – and lots of it!

I lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and the locals there would pick the tobacco leaves and smoke them in newspaper.  Imagine the toxins from those chemicals! The crisp, sterile looking cigarettes that you smoke are made to look civilised and harmless, but did you know that they contain so many disgusting tasting chemicals that the tobacco companies need to load them up with sugar for obvious reasons.

Cigarettes are the only product that doesn’t print its ingredients on the box!

Indeed check out your next pack of cigarettes and see if you can find a list of ingredients on the pack. In Australia the obvious item on your pack will be an image that is horrible to the eyes depicting a sick person or an unhealthy part of the body affected by smoking. While these are horrible, it seems surprising so many people still smoke. Why and how could this be? Because people don’t see themselves as sick. They often feel invincible and believe this would never happen to them.

  • “Additives such as sugar and honey might seem harmless because we are used to eating them. But when additives in cigarettes are burnt, they can change into different chemicals, and some are toxic. For example, liquorice and sugar produce cancer causing chemicals when burnt. Also, these substances are inhaled into the lungs, which are delicate and much more vulnerable to harm than the stomach and intestines”. Bates C, Jarvis M, Connolly G. Tobacco Additives: cigarette engineering and nicotine addiction. London: Action on Smoking and Health, 1999. http://www.ash.org.uk/html/regulation/html/additives.html, accessed 27 May, 2003.

Research regarding sugar in cigarettes

So yes, cigarettes do contain sugar!  I’ve included here a few quotes from three separate research studies conducted about sugar in cigarettes:

  • “Sugars are natural tobacco components, and are also frequently added to tobacco during the manufacturing process… In natural tobacco, sugars can be present in levels up to 20 wt%. In addition, various sugars are added in tobacco manufacturing in amounts up to 4 wt% per sugar. The added sugars are usually reported to serve as flavour/casing and humectant. However, sugars also promote tobacco smoking, because they generate acids that neutralize the harsh taste and throat impact of tobacco smoke. Moreover, the sweet taste and the agreeable smell of caramelized sugar flavors are appreciated in particular by starting adolescent smokers. Finally, sugars generate acetaldehyde, which has addictive properties and acts synergistically with nicotine in rodents. Apart from these consumption-enhancing pyrolysis products, many toxic (including carcinogenic) smoke compounds are generated from sugars. In particular, sugars increase the level of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone, acrolein, and 2-furfural in tobacco smoke. It is concluded that sugars in tobacco significantly contribute to the adverse health effects of tobacco smoking”. 2006. Sugars as tobacco ingredient: Effects on mainstream smoke composition. Talhout R1, Opperhuizen A, van Amsterdam JG. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16904804

Sugar is not meant to be inhaled

So, given you’ve been inhaling sugar into your system on a regular daily basis for years, then what will your body continue to crave after you quit?  You got it – Sugar! Also, have you ever felt irritated and cranky after quitting previously – or when you haven’t had a cigarette for a while? That’s most likely because you had blood sugar lows.  This is one of the reasons why preparing your body before you quit is so important… and my program helps you to do that and MORE!

  • “From a public health perspective, increasing the addictive potential of cigarettes with additives (e.g., via formulas including sugar, sorbitol, and DAP) increases the likelihood that new smokers will become addicted and that current smokers will have more difficulty quitting. Consequently, there will be greater levels of morbidity and mortality associated with smoking“.  Pharmacological and Chemical Effects of Cigarette Additives. Rabinoff M., Caskey, Rissling, A., Park, C. 1997. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2040350/

Quitting smoking is not always easy and looking at the ingredients in cigarettes it is not surprising.  So has this been helpful? Are you ready to quit smoking? Then Go to the Booking Page where you can choose the date and time you would like to become a non smoker. Furthermore it is only one session. The benefit is you have a Lifetime Guarantee so that if you ever smoke again you can back and there will be no cost to you!

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Hi Maureen, You worked your wonders on me on the 16th of January 2013 for smoking and guess what? I haven’t had a smoke or even felt like one! It is truly amazing after smoking for over 30 years I am no longer a slave to the smokes. I feel better (although I was a bit grumpy for a week or so) but that has passed, I can breathe better and my cough has gone. But food tastes so much better so I am trying to watch what I eat. I do get a craving every now and then and it goes as quick as it come…
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