In a year million people die as a result of smoking tobacco.

On May 5 of this year, the FDA now has the authority to oversee the manufacturing, sales and marketing of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah. This is a major step in the right direction toward protecting our youth, and future generations from harmful tobacco products.

It’s a great victory for public health.

World No Tobacco Day is the perfect time to take action and help protect kids from tobacco.


Be Tobacco Free:

World No Tobacco Day helps urging smokers to quit and by providing the tools and information they need to go tobacco-free for good!!

Help smokers quit smoking through Helpline and In-person group sessions.

Guide the first months by helping to identify triggers and manage the urge to smoke, until you are well on your way to smoke free success.

You can enhance your quit attempt by tracking your progress through daily check-ins and invite your friends and family to join as supporters, so they can help keep you on track and offer support and motivation throughout your quit.


Health Effects:

Smoking and use of tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco, cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions.


What's in a Cigarette?

Arsenic, lead, tar— these are just few of more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke.

There are about 600 ingredients in cigarettes and more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. Many of these chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them cause cancer. The truth is one cigarette probably has more chemicals than all the stuff you keep in your garage.

Let's take a look:

Ammonia is one of the most commonly produced but you probably know it best as a household cleaner—the kind that you wear gloves around and avoids breathing in.


Arsenic is notorious for its use in rat poison. It's also one of the World Health Organization's 10 chemicals of major public health concern, along with two other ingredients on this list, benzene and cadmium.

Benzene is found in glues and adhesives—such as rubber cement—as well as car fumes and gasoline exhaust. But according to National Cancer Institute, cigarette smoking accounts for about half of the total population exposure to this cancer-causing chemical.

Butane is highly flammable and often used as fuel for lighters.

Cadmium is an active component in battery acid. Cadmium itself is classified as a human carcinogen, and smokers have about twice as much of it in their bodies as do non-smokers.

Carbon monoxide, a deadly, colorless, odorless and poisonous gas, is released in car exhaust fumes as well as from a burning cigarette.

Hexamine is found in barbecue lighter fluid.

Naphthalene is an ingredient in mothballs, which are basically small balls of pesticide. Naphthalene turns directly from a solid into a toxic vapor, which in the case of mothballs kills insects and may repel animals.

Nicotine is the infamous addictive substance in tobacco products. But did you know it's also used as insecticide because of its toxicity?

Tar is black and sticky material for paving roads. In cigarettes, it's the solid, sticky substance that remains after tobacco is burned, both in the ashtray and inside your lungs.

Toluene is used to manufacture paint and it's also found in gasoline. Exposure to toluene may affect the central nervous system.

This is the short list. Learn more about what's in a cigarette and the health effects of smoking, as well as how you can quit smoking with proven and effective methods.