Cigarette companies have been known to use all sorts of disgusting ingredients in their products from rat droppings to human hair. But one of the most repulsive ingredients is actually quite common in the animal kingdom: dog and cat feces.

That’s right according to a study published in the journal Tobacco Control researchers found evidence of dog and cat feces in 10 out of 20 popular brands of cigarettes.

The brands included Marlboro Camel Newport Salem and Lucky Strike.

How does this happen? Well it turns out that many tobacco companies get their nicotine from a plant called Nicotiana tabacum which is native to South America.

The leaves of this plant are often infested with a particular type of beetle called the tobacco flea beetle.

These beetles lay their eggs on the tobacco leaves and the larvae then feed on the plants. As they do so they deposit their feces which contain high levels of nicotine onto the tobacco leaves.

The tobacco companies then use these leaves to create their cigarettes. And since the feces haven’t been removed they end up in the final product.

So the next time you light up a cigarette just remember that you could be smoking dog or cat poop.

Gross!

What is in cigarettes that can come from dog feces and cat urine?

Chemicals from these two sources can be found in cigarettes.

How do these chemicals get into cigarettes?

They can enter during the tobacco growing process or from contaminated water used in cigarette production.

Why are dog feces and cat urine dangerous to smokers?

These chemicals can contain harmful toxins that can be harmful to smokers.

What health problems can be caused by smoking cigarettes that contain these toxins?

Smokers may be at increased risk for cancer respiratory problems and other health problems.

How can smokers protect themselves from these toxins?

Quitting smoking is the best way to protect oneself from tobacco toxins.

What should smokers do if they think they may have been exposed to these toxins?

Smokers should see their doctor for advice on how to protect their health.

What are the long-term effects of smoking cigarettes containing these toxins?

The long-term effects of smoking are not fully known but there is concern that they may be harmful to smokers’ health.

Can nonsmokers be exposed to these toxins?

Nonsmokers can be exposed to these toxins if they are in close contact with smokers.

What are the health risks for nonsmokers who are exposed to these toxins?

Nonsmokers who are exposed to these toxins may be at increased risk for cancer respiratory problems and other health problems.

How can nonsmokers protect themselves from these toxins?

Nonsmokers can protect themselves from these toxins by avoiding contact with smokers and by not allowing smoking in their homes.

What are the possible long-term effects of exposure to these toxins for nonsmokers?

The long-term effects of exposure to these toxins for nonsmokers are not fully known but there is concern that they may be harmful to nonsmokers’ health.

What should nonsmokers do if they think they may have been exposed to these toxins?

Nonsmokers should see their doctor for advice on how to protect their health.

What can smokers do to reduce their exposure to these toxins?

Smokers can reduce their exposure to these toxins by not smoking in enclosed spaces and by not allowing smoking in their homes.

What can nonsmokers do to reduce their exposure to these toxins?

Nonsmokers can reduce their exposure to these toxins by avoiding contact with smokers and by not allowing smoking in their homes.

What can be done to reduce the amount of these toxins in cigarettes?

Tobacco companies could reduce the amount of these toxins in cigarettes by using cleaner water in the cigarette production process and by providing smokers with information about the risks of these toxins.

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