Student Life Offices
What’s in tobacco?
Every puff of cigarette has more than 4,000 different chemicals including:
- Ammonia – a poisonous gas and a powerful toilet cleaner
- Cyanide – a deadly ingredient in rat poison
- Acetone – a poisonous solvent, paint stripper, and nail polish remover
- Formaldehyde – used to preserve dead bodies
- Polonium-210 – a highly radioactive element
- Carbon Monoxide - a poisonous gas
*More than 40 of the 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco are considered to be capable of causing cancer.
What are the effects from smoking cigarettes?
Short Term Effects
- Bad Breath
- Smelly Hair & Clothes
- Decreased Sensation in Taste Buds
Long Term Effects
- Known to cause lung, larynx, oral cavity, and esophagus cancers.
- Contributes to kidney, pancreatic, stomach, cervical, uterine, and some leukemia’s.
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
Everybody’s doing it?
UC students believed that only 3.4% of students had never smoked a cigarette, however in actuality 67.7% of UC students have never smoked a cigarette. UC’s tobacco policy states that “the University is dedicated to providing a safe and healthful environment… [and therefore] smoking shall be prohibited inside buildings [and] prohibited within 25 feet of all university building entrances, exits and windows.”