Styrene (in Cigs)
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Styrene is one of many chemicals found in cigarettes.
Styrene, which is also known as vinylbenzene,
or phenylethylene & other terms, is a colourless,
oily, toxic, flammable liquid at room temperature and pressure.
Styrene is used to make many plastics such as polystyrene,
ABS, styrene-butadiene (SBS) rubber, styrene-butadiene latex, SIS (styrene-isoprene-styrene),
and unsaturated polyesters. It sometimes also contains other chemicals
that result in a sharp, unpleasant smell. Apart from its presence in cigarettes,
styrene is also found in insulation material.
Styrene has been classified as a possible
human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Styrene is primarily a synthetic chemical that is used extensively in the
manufacture of plastics, rubber, and resins.
Note that the list of chemicals included in this section (see the list on the left) is not a complete list of all the substances found in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.