In fact, roll-your-own cigarettes are at least as harmful as factory-made cigarettes. Let's take a look.
"Roll-your-own” cigarettes or "rollies" are becoming more popular, especially with young people.
This might be because cigarette companies are promoting them heavily. They also cleverly reduce the size of roll-your-own packs so that they seem cheaper than factory-made cigarettes.
Some smokers mistakenly believe that roll-your-own tobacco is more “natural” and does not contain the additives that factory-made cigarettes do. This means that some smokers believe roll-your-own cigarettes are less harmful. This is not true!
When it comes to rollies, it's important to know:
- Tobacco companies add similar chemicals to roll-your-own
tobacco as they do factory-made cigarettes, often in higher amounts!
- Most of the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke come from burning the tobacco. This includes carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar and many other disease-causing substances.
Research suggests that roll-your-own is at least as harmful – and possibly more harmful – than factory-made cigarettes.
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