Turpentine (in Cigs)

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Turpentine is one of many chemicals found in cigarettes.

Turpentine is a fluid (liquid or gas) composed of chemicals called terpenes. The main components of turpentine are the monoterpenes alpha-pinene and beta-pinene. It is sometimes known colloquially as just turps, though that also often refers to turpentine substitute (or mineral turpentine), which is commonly used for cleaning - especially cleaning paint brushed that have used used to apply oil-based paints. Turpentine is used in paint stripper.

Because turpentine (or "turps") is an organic solvent, it is considered as hazardous to health - as are other similar chemicals. For example, it can burn the skin and eyes, damage the lungs and respiratory system, damage the central nervous system if inhaled, and cause kidney failure if ingested, among other things. It is also highly flammable.

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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