The fundamental difference between the shamanic use of snuff and consumption of industrial cigarettes is that the Amazon snuff is grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and does not contain any of the ingredients that are added to cigarettes such as aluminum oxide, nitrate potassium, ammonium phosphate, polyvinyl acetate and others which make up about ten percent of the whole cigarette. During smoking, a cigarette releases four thousand substances, most toxic.
Among these substances, some are even radioactive, making cigarettes the main source of radiation in the everyday life of an average smoker. According to a research, Smoking one to two packs per day equals in radioactivity to two hundred and fifty lung radiographs per year. Cigarette smoke is directly involved in over twenty serious diseases, which seventeen are types of cancer. By contrast, Amazonian snuff is considered as a remedy.
The snuff tobacco consumed in the Amazon is the kind rustic nicotine, wild snuff; unlike nicotine tabacum species , it does not cause recorded damage . Important factors are the additives used in the manufacture of cigarettes or industrial brands. It seems clear that is not the nicotine that causes cancer, since nicotine notoriously acts on the brain and cigarettes do not cause brain cancer , but lung , esophagus , stomach , pancreas , rectum, the kidneys and bladder, that is, wherever penetrate the carcinogenic tars , which are also swallowed .