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Why is the ember of a cigarette harder than the non-burning tobacco alone?

  1. Jun 8, 2012 #1
    The glowing end of a lit cigarette appears to be more solid/sturdy/hard than the loose tobacco that makes it up.
    This may be more of a chemistry question, but why is this?
     
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  3. Jun 8, 2012 #2

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    I'm not sure about the exact scientific explanation, but essentially that part has lost its moisture and is in the process of becoming primarily carbon. That alters the chemical bonds.
     
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