Tobacco Industry Forced to List Ingredients Used in Their Products

5th April 2012

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration gained authority to regulate tobacco products, and now they will soon be exercising that ability. Already releasing preliminary guidelines for the tobacco industry that can educate consumers on exactly what is in cigarettes, the FDA is making it so tobacco companies will have to report on the amount of harmful and unsafe ingredients used in their products.

Within one year, the FDA plans to share information on chemical amounts, while tobacco makers will be required to report on the amount of 93 substances used in their products. This means that harmful ingredients used such as ammonia and formaldehyde will need to be made known to the public. This decision will certainly ignite a slew of ingredient-based information regarding tobacco products.

“We are forging new territory to ensure that tobacco companies provide accurate information and do not mislead American consumers. We are committed to stopping such practices that may cause people to start or continue using tobacco products that could lead to preventable disease and death,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement.

There are over 4,000 individual compounds identified in tobacco and tobacco smoke, with at least 60 of them being known carcinogens. How would you feel after finding out that with every cigarette comes a dose of insecticide, car exhaust, gas chamber poison, ant poison, floor cleaner, mothballs, and nuclear weapon material? The fact is, there are hundreds of chemicals in tobacco products (and cigarettes especially) that people don’t even know about.

  • Insecticide – nicotine
  • Car exhaust – carbon monoxide
  • Gas chamber poison – hydrogen cyanide
  • Ant poison – ammonia
  • Mothballs – naphthalene
  • Nuclear power – radioactive compounds

While this kind of information won’t be responsible for ending the bad habit of smoking for the majority of individuals, it may serve to kick the habit for many. Even while smoking and tobacco use is already known to cause various cancers such as lung cancer, throat cancer, and stomach cancer, the health damaging aspects of smoking aren’t enough for people to quit. But now, seeing “formaldehyde”, “lead”, and “arsenic” on the label may just be enough to cause many people to finally quit smoking and tobacco use.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites FacebookTwitterWeb


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  • Brian

    Smoking is obviously bad for your lungs, but I am wondering what factor that various additives have played in all of the studies on smoking within the past 70 years.

  • [email protected]

    It doesn’t matter when they addicted us when we were still children and made us believe that cigarettes are our friends. Best I can do is buy organic weeds and roll my own at this point. The industry should be charged with child abuse.

  • Brian

    I think big-ag poses a much bigger threat to us today than big tobacco. People can choose not to smoke, but people seem to have a hard time even knowing how to choose what is healthy to eat. Plus, avoiding gmo completely is nearly impossible. You can’t mistakenly smoke a cigarette.

  • FoamyDarkale

    Wow I just loooooOOOOooove how ‘they’ the FDA somehow have these big fake balls when it comes to the ‘evil’ cigarette companies and stand there like a child expecting a gold star on his/her book report, but they do nothing but cower in their corner when it comes to Monsanto. Its’ bad for me and I started smoking full well knowing that, but it was either that or I start acting upon my levels of stress and go ‘Falling down’ on people. Since that’s’ a worse idea I smoke to help get rid of that stress, when people stop being self centered jerks all over the place then maybe I can quit. You can start by realizing that smokers are people and have the same rights as you do. We NEVER signed away our rights and agreed to be harassed by some soccer-mom that screams she’s doing it ‘for the children’ We get shorter life spans of course, we pay more taxes and higher insurance rates plus deal with your BS responses to anytime one of us tries to stand up for ourselves. My point is that it works for me and while I know it’s bad for me it still helps lower my stress levels…usually! 🙂

  • Octave

    Yeah, I guess the conclusion of it isn’t so much about quitting smoking altogether, but rather about caring for what you smoke, like you want to care for every substance that interacts with your body.

    In various ways, smoking can be a less harmful habit than many culturally well-regarded ones such as eating meat, but it’s all about the quality of the stuff. Standard cigarettes, though, have their destructive effects multiplied and expanded to new horizons by the loads of crap they stuff in there. I humbly recommend to smokers they switch to organic tobacco if they can. It’s just not the same thing, your lungs can tell.