Benzene (in Cigs)

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Benzene is one of the many chemicals present in cigarettes.

Benzene (also benzol), a colourless, flammable liquid (at a room temperature) is an organic chemical compound whose formula is C6H6.

There are many health concerns associated with benzene. Inhaling high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness; breathing even higher amounts of it can cause death. Eating or drinking foods containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, rapid heart rate, and death.

Benzene is also a known carcinogen (that is, cancer-causing substance).

See also Benzene Exposure and Leukemia (opens in new tab).

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.

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