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Hydrogen cyanide is one of the hundreds of chemicals found in cigarettes. For U.S. cigarette brands, the level of this chemical in inhaled mainstream smoke ranges from 0.6 percent to 27 percent. (Mainstream smoke is the smoke a smoker exhales after inhaling on the cigarette.) It is also present in secondhand smoke, so nonsmokers are also at risk of breathing in this poison when exposed to cigarette smoke.
Although not classified as a carcinogen, hydrogen cyanide does cause other health problems that are just as detrimental to the health and overall well being of a person who smokes. Long-term smokers may have a decreased lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: infolurker
Did you think cigarette companies and governments were going to give up all that revenue?