December 14, 2012

Nuclear Smoking: There's Uranium in Cigarettes

Deborah Blum, Wired

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By the end of the 1920s, scientists already knew that tobacco smoke contained a small encyclopedia’s worth of risky chemical compounds: carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde, ammonia and pyridine (a component in industrial solvents).

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TAGGED: Polonium, Radioactivity, Cigarettes, Uranium