In this answer, I do not prove that eating a pack of cigarettes is safe. (Please don't do it!)
However, I show that there is a common belief that a pack of cigarettes would contain enough nicotine to kill an adult is based on a urban legend. (That doesn't mean it is wrong, just that it hasn't been proven right.)
This is based on this article:
Bernd Mayer, ...
Yes, it does, approximately 3 times that amount by weight, but that's not the whole story. You should consider other factors too in determining whether this means it is more harmful:
Firstly, when people smoke cannabis leaves or buds, they smoke them in a rolled cigarette which is usually larger than a tobacco cigarette. This would suggest that not only ...
Most of the information on this subject appears to come from the work of Pourmand G, Alidaee MR, Rasuli S, Maleki A, Mehrsai A. at the Urology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
The severity of ED correlated significantly with the level of exposure to smoking
Source: Do cigarette smokers with erectile dysfunction ...
According to Nicotine Content of Domestic Cigarettes, Imported Cigarettes and Pipe Tobacco in Iran Addiction & Health 2012, volume 4, pages 28–35.
The amount of nicotine in each cigarette was from 6.17 to 12.65 mg (1.23 ± 0.15 percent of tobacco weight in each cigarette) in domestic cigarettes. It was between 7.17-28.86 mg (1.80 ± 0.25 percent of ...
It makes sense to me that this "guru" knows about the antioxidizing properties of smoke because, as a food chemistry scientist, he is likely to know about this in the context of using smoke for food preservation.
Smoke from burning plant materials, usually wood, has helped to
preserve food ever since our ancestors mastered fire. Smoke’s
The other answer already indicated that the nicotine in a cigarette is probably not enough to kill a person when ingested, but the referred paper actually links to a documented case of someone who ate cigarettes (including all relevant toxins).
Here is the relevant part of the conclusion:
In spite of the ingestion of 7 up to 20 cigarettes our patient ...
It appears marijuana leaves about 3x the tar as cigarettes.
As compared with smoking tobacco, smoking marijuana was associated with .. an approximately threefold increase in the amount of tar inhaled, and retention in the respiratory tract of one third more inhaled tar
What about the difference in smoking styles?
Significant differences were also ...
The CDC, NIH, Mayo Clinic, ACS, ALA, and the Australian Government are all saying the same thing. There are known studies that smoking lowers the birth-weight of a baby, which is one of the main factors in their likelihood to survive. It also raises the risk of SIDS.
According to Laws PJ, Grayson N & Sullivan EA babies of smoking mothers are 50% more ...
I'm not gonna try to argue that "only product" part is correct, but I managed to track down where "half" statistic comes from.
Borland in BMJ 2003 said:
Tobacco smoking causes so much disease[1,2] that it is estimated to kill approximately half of its regular long time users.
Where ref 3 is a 1994 BMJ paper by Peto, which goes in more detail:
So let's take the research paper from at OP's post at face value. This is the the authors' table summarizing the antioxidants found in tobacco smoke:
Most of the claimed antioxidant effects are due to HCN and isoprene; the paper says
As shown in Table 4, HCN exhibited
the highest antioxidant activity (even more so than
total vapour phase) accounting ...
No, tobacco smoke doesn't act as an antioxidant in the body. Quite the opposite - it causes oxidative stress and introduces free radicals.
Here are a series of references to support this claim. (I have added a few to show it isn't a just single study, like the original question.)
Tobacco Smoke Carcinogens and Lung Cancer
Cigarette smoke contains free ...
According to the American Lung Association:
when equal amounts of marijuana and tobacco are smoked, marijuana deposits four times as much tar into the lungs. This is because marijuana joints are un-filtered and often more deeply inhaled than cigarettes.