Tobacco: Behind the SmokeĀ - video

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Transcript - Tobacco: Behind the Smoke - video

The entire video is animated. A series of 3D elements, diagrams, and text are seen throughout the video, floating on a black background.

Opening music playing.

Black background with white smoke. The word tobacco appears then fades out followed by the words let's take a deeper look.

How much do you really know about tobacco? Let's take a deeper look.

Tobacco plant on black background

Tobacco is a plant from the solanaceae family, better known as nicotiana.

Close-up of the plant and words appearing in front of the plant: water, sugars, chlorophyll. The close-up zooms into an extreme close-up of the plant with the word nicotine appearing in front. The plant and word slide down, off screen.

More than 2,500 chemicals are naturally found in tobacco plants, including nicotine, the highly addictive substance, responsible for tobacco addiction.

Extreme close-up of three dried tobacco leaves sliding down into frame and then sliding upwards out of frame. Pieces of the leaves fall onto a sheet of rolling paper.

The harvested leaves are cured, shredded, and assembled with paper and filters to produce cigarettes.

Shot of cigarette burning. The cigarette moves in closer to show the tip burning. Smoke starts to appear in the background. The cigarette disappears and all we see is smoke on a black background. The words 7000 chemicals appear on screen, and then exit frame.

When a cigarette burns, the tobacco is transformed into ash and smoke. The burning of tobacco releases more than 7,000 chemicals, over 70 of which are cancer-causing.

Black background with smoke. Text appearing on screen follows list of chemicals read by narrator: tar, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene.

Smokers, and everyone around them, are exposed to toxic chemicals including... Tar, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene.

Cut to x-ray like diagram of human body focussing on the lungs, where cigarette smoke is being inhaled into the windpipe and then enters the lungs. The smoke gradually turns the lungs a dark grey. Once absorbed through the lungs, the toxic chemicals are transferred... To the bloodstream and are distributed to the entire body.

Cut to a diagram of the blood stream shown as a red background, with circular shapes moving and smoke travelling throughout. Text appearing on screen follows list of diseases read by narrator: lung cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, emphysema, heart diseases, strokes. The red background slowly turns to grey.

Exposure to the chemicals in tobacco smoke can cause a number of adverse health effects including lung, bladder, pancreatic... And other forms of cancer, emphysema and other respiratory diseases, heart diseases, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases...

Black background with text on screen: premature death...and premature death.

Black background with smoke and the words

Take a closer look appear on screen.

Take a closer look.


Canada wordmark appears. A message from the government of Canada.

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