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Crack Cocaine Dangers

While the side effects and risks of using crack are similar to those of using cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine, there are specific dangers of smoking crack cocaine, in addition. Because crack is created with ammonia, toxic fumes are emitted when it is smoked. Ammonia is especially harmful to smokers' lungs, as well as those who breathe it in second hand. Furthermore, because crack cocaine is mostly smoked, users often develop what is termed “crack lip,” blisters and burns on the lips, caused by the hot glass pipes that are used for smoking. The toxic fumes are also responsible for the discolored and damaged teeth and gums of regular crack users, as well as the risk of mouth, lip and tongue cancer.