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Doctor insights on: Carcinogen In Cigarettes

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Why are carcinogens in cigarettes?

Why are carcinogens in cigarettes?

Present in tobacco: Carcinogens are present in tobacco. Many are naturally occurring organic chemicals. Tobacco was not meant to be smoked! ...Read more

Carcinogen (Definition)

A carcinogen is any substance (including toxins, radiation) that causes cancer. Parenthetically, some carcinogens in other animals (eg rats/mice) may or may not ...Read more


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Can carcinogens in cigarettes cause cancer if you don't smoke every day?

Can carcinogens in cigarettes cause cancer if you don't smoke every day?

Yes: Cigarettes cause cancer and increase the cancer causing potential of other carcinogens. Quit asap. ...Read more

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Does marijuana have more carcinogens than cigarettes?

Does marijuana have more carcinogens than cigarettes?

Yes: A recent study by the british lung foundation found that just three cannabis joints a day cause the same damage as 20 cigarettes, and when cannabis and tobacco are smoked together, the effects are dramatically worse. They report that the tar from cannabis cigarettes contains 50% more cancer causing carcinogens than tobacco. ...Read more

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If marijuana has more carcinogens than cigarettes(as most doctors say) than why is it not definitively linked to cancer like tobacco is?

If marijuana has more carcinogens than cigarettes(as most doctors say) than why is it not definitively linked to cancer like tobacco is?

Says who?: We know less than we wish we did about cannabis, and we're simply not seeing cancer wards full of stoners despite the drug having been part of life in the US for decades. Much of the scare stuff we've been told during these decades is politics. Forgive me -- anybody who claims that "most doctors say" the stuff has "more carcinogens than tobacco" is simply lying to you for their own reasons. ...Read more

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Is marijuana as carcinogenic as cigarettes?

Is marijuana as carcinogenic as cigarettes?

Probably Worse: A recent study by the british lung foundation found that just three cannabis joints a day cause the same damage as 20 cigarettes, and when cannabis and tobacco are smoked together, the effects are dramatically worse. They report that the tar from cannabis cigarettes contains 50% more cancer causing carcinogens than tobacco. ...Read more

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Do particular brands of cigarettes have more carcinogens than others?

Do particular brands of cigarettes have more carcinogens than others?

All are bad: The small differences between brands with levels of tars or nicotine probably don't change the risk. ...Read more

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We know which chemicals in cigarettes are carcinogens so why cant we isolate and eliminate them from cigarettes? Creating a safer cig for smokers

We know which chemicals in cigarettes are carcinogens so why cant we isolate and eliminate them from cigarettes? Creating a safer cig for smokers

I wish we could: Many of them are heterocyclic hydrocarbons with odd atoms (oxygens, nitrogens) in the ring. They intercalate into the DNA and mutate the base pairs. We simply won't be able to eliminate the bunch -- that would be science fantasy. If you're addicted to nicotine, get a smokeless form instead, or break the addiction by whatever means. ...Read more

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Have e cigarette companies made any effort to eliminate carcinogens?

Cigarettes: They have tried to reduce them - but its impossible to totally eliminate them. Tobacco itself is a carcinogen. ...Read more