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Tobacco And Tobacco

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Tobacco became very popular in Europe when brought by Christopher Columbus. “On October 15, 1492, Christopher Columbus was offered dried tobacco leaves as a gift from the American Indians that he encountered. Soon after, sailors brought tobacco back to Europe, and the plant was being grown all over Europe” (University of Dayton). It was popular throughout the ages till scientific studies found out that tobacco products are very harmful to the human body. The chemicals in the tobacco products harm the human body functions. Therefore, using tobacco products will gradually affect on its users’ health, such as their lungs, immune system, stomach, mouth, skin and heat, because tobacco products contain almost 4,000 chemicals in them, such as nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, and carcinogenic compounds. When people met tobacco at first, they liked it and used it. It didn’t have any dangerous chemicals at that time because tobacco products were not mixed with the dangerous chemicals. Therefore, people used it just as nicotine that was less harmless than the nowadays’ tobacco products. For example, “there are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous” (Lung.org). The chemicals as below:

Acetone – found in nail polish remover
Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
Ammonia – a common household cleaner
Arsenic – used in rat poison
Benzene – found
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