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Meth and Cigarettes – Is There A Difference?

As I go through college and learn my assignments, I cannot help but think how the government allows a tax on cigarettes and not on meth or other drugs. As I look at the ingredients, it amazes me.

The only reason why I am putting this on my “note/journal” entry because this was an assignment in school… what are the differences in Cigarettes and Meth, and what are the similarities of Cigarettes and Meth?

In NO way do I judge a person for smoking. Hey, we all have our devices.  First are the ingredients for a typical cigarette.

Acetone – found in nail polish remover
Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
Ammonia – a common household cleaner
Arsenic – used in rat poison
Benzene – found in rubber cement
Butane – used in lighter fluid
Cadmium – active component in battery acid
Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
Lead – used in batteries
Naphthalene – an ingredient in moth balls
Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
Nicotine – used as insecticide
Tar – material for paving roads
Toluene – used to manufacture paint


Now the ingredients for Meth.

Acetone – found in nail polish remover
Lithium – used in batteries
Toluene – used to manufacture paint
Hydrochloric Acid – used in plastic
Pseudoephedrine – found in cold medicine
Red phospherous – found in match boxes and road flares
Sodium hydroxide – ingredient in lye
Sulfuric acid – found in drain cleaners
Anhydrous ammonia – household cleaners


As we can see, most items found in cigarettes are found in meth. The difference…. government tax cigarettes and not meth.