Toluene (in Cigs)

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Toluene is one of many chemicals found in cigarettes.

Toluene, which is also known as methylbenzene or phenylmethane, is a clear, water-insoluble liquid that smells of paint thinners, see also Turpentine. Toluene has many industrial uses, including:

  • as an octane booster in fuel,
  • a solvent in paints, and
  • in paint thinners,
  • for printing,
  • in adhesives and lacquers,
  • for leather tanning,
  • in disinfectants, and
  • to produce phenol and TNT.

Toluene is also used in the embalming of corpses.

Toluene is believed to be a developmental toxicant, and is also suspected of being hazardous to health in other ways, including:

  • as a cardiovascular or blood toxicant
  • as a gastrointestinal or liver toxicant
  • an immunotoxicant
  • kidney toxicant
  • neurotoxicant
  • reproductive toxicant
  • respiratory toxicant, and
  • as a skin toxicant.

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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