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FactSheet: Nicotine and other poisons

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 16(2) 23 - 25 Published: 2005

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Abstract

There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke.
Nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide are well known.
Nicotine is the addictive drug that keeps you coming back
for more. Tar is the black, sticky substance that damages
your lungs. Carbon monoxide is the gas that hitches a
ride on your red blood cells and takes the place of some of
the oxygen in your bloodstream.