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photo of a cigarette

What's in a cigarette?

Think that a cigarette is just made of nicotine and tobacco? Think again! A cigarette releases 4,000 chemicals when a person smokes it. If you take a look in your garage, basement, or under your kitchen sink, you will find some of the things put into cigarettes. Match the clues with the names of the chemical.

In the box next to the name of the chemical, put the letter of the description you think best fits.

Definition Your Answer Substance
(a) Acetone
(b) Ammonia
(c) Benzene
(d) Carbon monoxide
(e) Cyanide
(f) Formaldehyde
(g) Hydrogen cyanide
(h) Lead
(i) Nicotine
(j) Tar
(k) Vinyl chloride


Content last updated May 18, 2010

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.