Bad news if you’re a smoker – actually, more bad news. On top of smoking heightening risk cancer and other health problems, like heart disease, U.S. cigarettes have been found to contain higher levels of dangerous chemicals compared to foreign smokes.

When Americans puff, we inhale more bad stuff than cigarettes made in places like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

But don’t run out and buy non-native cigarettes, experts warn ALL cigarettes contain junk you don’t want in your body, not just the smoke.

Writing in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, researchers analyzed the urine and saliva of cigarette smokers – eek, I don’t want that job – and discovered higher concentrations of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in cigs manufactured in the United States.

But, oddly enough, the “American blend” of tobacco contains less nicotine than cigarettes from Australia and Canada. Wow, less buzz, more death. Yeehaw!

Some of the cigarette brands tested were U.S. made Marlboro and Camel, Australia’s Winfield, and Players from Canada.

I don’t smoke, you shouldn’t either – if you do, shame-shame on you – but a dimly lit, smoke filled bar is still one of the coolest cinematic landscapes ever. Sigh.

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