Reactions of cigarette smoking Deana Bitikofer CHM 122
● There areapproximately 4000chemicals incigarettes, hundredsof them are toxic.● The ingredients incigarettes affectnearly all of thebodies functions.● They are addictiveand deadly!
Benzene is classified as a Group A carcinogen, bythe Environmental Protection Agency.
Benzene can be found in pesticidesand gasoline. It has high levels incigarette smoke, and is responsiblefor half of all human exposure.
Benzene found in cigarettes, cause destruction to all parts of the human body.
Benzene is one of the top 20 chemicals produced in the United States.Natural sources of Benzene are in volcano eruptions and forest fires
Benzene irritatesthe lining of theairway, exposurecan severelydamage thelungs causingfluidaccumulationand bleeding.Which can causedeath.
Benzene isstored in fat andbone marrowand convertedinto metabolitesin the liver andbone marrow.Benzene isexcreted in urineafter 48 hours
Benzene can causeleukemia, cancer ofthe white blood cells.Benzene can causepancytopenia, aserious bone marrowdisorder. Individualsexposed to benzenehave less red bloodcells, white blood cellsand platelets in theirbone marrow.A low platelet countcan causeuncontrolled bleedingand possibly death.
Benzene is the simplest aromatic hydrocarbon, some cause pleasant smells, like vanilla. Poison ivy also contains abenzene ring. We need to look at benzene as a poison and tryto protect ourselves from them. It is interesting that benzene can be used for fragrances, but also kill you.
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