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To: Yeti
I switched brands when I found out about all the additives they were putting in there (saltpeter?!?!?!).

I don't smoke, but I have to hear more about this. Marlboros have WHAT in them? (Thanks in advance.)

16 posted on 07/27/2003 1:23:53 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Lots or cigarettes have saltpeter in them. It keeps them burning. Pure tobacco won't stay lit. Among a few hundred other additives used in cigarettes (not all additives in all cig's) are acetone and benzene. Benzene can be found listed on cans of enamel lacquer paints. The kind that make you feel like Forrest Gump for a few days if you use them in a closed space without a respirator.
20 posted on 07/27/2003 1:41:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (Joe McCarthy was right ... so was PT Barnum!)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Marlboros have WHAT in them?

Actually, that one might be a myth ; ) The reason for the saltpeter was supposedly to make them burn smoother or something. But they do add things, for flavor and to make it burn well and not go stale before it gets sold.

Before viagra, much of the business that "fertility clinics" did had to do with male impotence problems. There were studies done, and IIRC, upwards of 70% of the men were heavy cigarette smokers, and Marlboros were disproportionately represented among the smokers as a preferred brand.

There are other things that contribute. Carbon monoxide, which I think has a long half-life in your body and displaces some of what should be oxygen in your blood, and the vasoconstricive action of nicotine are both things that wouldn't help, and they're common to all brands.

But the Marlboro-impotence thing was I think the inspiration for the controversial California anti-tobacco ad campaign in which the Marlboro Man's cigarette droops.

27 posted on 07/27/2003 2:22:26 PM PDT by Yeti
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