We all know cigarettes are bad for our health and that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative, but why? What is in a cigarette that makes it so bad for us, can’t a filter remove the stuff we don’t want? Unfortunately, the truth is that there are more than 4000 chemicals within a traditional cigarette, of which there are 43 chemicals that have been linked to cancer and 400 that are recognized as toxic. While the doses are small, a smoker can expect that the build up of these compounds will wreak havoc on their bodies. So why are these chemicals found in traditional cigarettes?

Natural cigarettes have a bitter taste to them, and for cigarette companies and many smokers this required an addition of chemicals. Cigarettes needed to burn at a higher temperature for easier ingestion of nicotine, so more chemicals were added. Nicotine’s absorption effectiveness wasn’t great enough, so more chemicals were added again. By now a pattern is recognized, and unfortunately for the consumer, each of these chemicals is found to be dangerous for human consumption. But beyond the added chemicals, metals leached from the soil enter the tobacco, including nickel and lead; yes the same lead we decided was too dangerous to be used in paint is still in a traditional cigarette. Of course there is also a host of chemicals that are created when the tobacco plant is combusted. From formaldehyde and benzene to arsenic and lead, the list of chemicals within cigarettes are seemingly endless.

Fortunately e-cigarettes contain about 3 ingredients, all of which can be found on the labels of the e-liquids. The reduced chemicals, lack of tobacco, and change to vapor all make e-cigarettes more appealing than traditional cigarettes. Learn about how e-cigarettes can help you quit smoking and enter for your chance to win a free electronic cigarette at The Cult Of Genius.