Why are cigarettes more addictive nowadays?

Cigarettes contain far more than just nicotine, and it is the special – sometimes very strange – combinations of materials that enhance their addictive quality

April 13, 2017 12:34
Jewish smoking

Utra-orthodox men smoke cigarettes near the beach in Ashdod. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The main ingredient in cigarettes is tobacco – a plant that contains, among other things, a relatively high concentration of a chemical called nicotine, which is the active and addictive chemical in cigarettes. But it is a mistake to consider cigarettes a “natural” product. Since the 1950s, the tobacco companies, especially in the United States, have initiated countless scientific studies that have led to many changes in the cigarette in order to increase its biological and pharmacological effect. In recent years, as a result of legislative changes in the US and claims filed against the cigarette companies, manufacturers have been forced to publish documents on the studies of smoking. These changes also forced companies to disclose the ingredients that are added to cigarettes.

The tobacco companies argue that the components are designed to enhance the taste of the cigarette, but if you go through the list of ingredients you can see that many of the components added act to strengthen the cigarette’s overall effect.


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