HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Tar measurements on cigarette packets are misleading

Labelling cigarette packets with tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide measurements is misleading and should be stopped, argue cancer experts in this week's BMJ.

The tar delivery of cigarettes is routinely measured with a machine and, with the exception of the United States, stated on every packet as a legal requirement in almost every country in the world. It is accompanied by measurement of nicotine and often carbon monoxide.

Yet these measurements are now known to be misleading for two reasons. Firstly, human smoking patterns vary greatly and are not mimicked by the machine. Secondly, modern cigarette design encourages over-inhalation, which may lead to the smoker taking in much greater amounts of tar and nicotine than are measured by the machine.

The tobacco industry has also modified cigarette design, making the modern cigarette at least as dangerous as its predecessor, despite a dramatic lowering of tar delivery.

Tar measurement and labelling has served the tobacco industry well, say the authors. It has underpinned claims that cigarettes were light or ultralight and has seemingly, and falsely reassured many smokers who might otherwise have quit the habit.

They believe that machine measured figures for tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide should be removed from the packet, and a realistic measure must be established for regulatory purposes.

The current health warnings deal qualitatively with the risks of smoking very well, and misleading figures on the packet can only do harm, they conclude.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
7-Oct-2004


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Laser measurements reveal biological basis of distance perception
2. Columbia study finds differences in PSA, PSA density test measurements for Caucasian, Hispanic men
3. Home blood pressure measurements are usually acceptable
4. Tobacco-company-sponsored parties with free cigarettes may encourage students to start smoking
5. Do cigarette additives pose additional risk to smokers?
6. Majority of cigarettes in the US smoked by nicotine-dependent or psychiatrically ill persons
7. Activism prompts teen smokers to cut back on cigarettes, Stanford study finds
8. Heavy smokers see cigarettes as friends
9. Low tar cigarettes do not cut lung cancer risk
10. UNC study shows Internet offers youths easy way to buy cigarettes
11. PET scans show cigarette smoke affects peripheral organs

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Tar measurements cigarette packets are misleading

(Date:10/31/2014)... (PRWEB) October 31, 2014 Springboard ... for its small scale BioPro™ biodiesel processors, announced ... will further improve the performance and efficiency of ... GL95/MC12/BD380 trio will recover more than ... in with the glycerin by-product produced while making ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... The Memory Healer review published by DailyGossip.org reveals that ... suffered from Alzheimer's disease. , In fact, Alexander Lynch ... disease. His father pointed a gun and shot him during ... author of this method understood that he needed to do ... program is based on years of research. The author of ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... 2014 At the start of 2014, ... escaping carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes. Now, as ... one family-owned, Missouri-based heating and cooling company is taking ... families start the home heating season with the assurance ... , Beginning Nov. 1, 2014, E and Q Heating ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for low ... where in the United States you live, a new ... experience low back pain at some point in their ... professional medical care for a spine problem," co-author Brook ... Clinical Practice, said in a college news release. ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by ... results underscore the importance of the "Sleep Well, Be ... , Results show that the risk of unintentional fatal ... of insomnia symptoms present. People with all three symptoms ... from a fatal injury than those with no insomnia ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Springboard Biodiesel Announces Release of New and Unique Methanol Recovery and Glycerin Treatment Equipment 2Health News:Springboard Biodiesel Announces Release of New and Unique Methanol Recovery and Glycerin Treatment Equipment 3Health News:"Memory Healer" Review Reveals a New Natural Remedy Guide for Managing Memory Loss 2Health News:Many Homeowners Missing Key Safety Risks with Home Heating;Missouri-based Company E and Q Announces New Safety Check 2Health News:Many Homeowners Missing Key Safety Risks with Home Heating;Missouri-based Company E and Q Announces New Safety Check 3Health News:Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study 2Health News:Insomnia increases risk of motor vehicle deaths, other fatal injuries 2
(Date:10/31/2014)...  Digirad Corporation (Nasdaq: DRAD) today announced that it has ... PDII ), a healthcare commercialization services company, responding to ... company.  Digirad calls upon PDI to ... to operate in the ordinary course of business and ... debt, on acquisitions or other extraordinary transactions. Digirad believes ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... Oct. 31, 2014 Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE ... results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. ... Officer, said:  "The third quarter was productive for Mast. Consistent ... of MST-188 for sickle cell disease is on track ... now have opened 50 study sites in the U.S. ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... , October 31, 2014 ... Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG ), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. ... UNH ), Sanofi SA (NYSE: ... members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve ... . , ,-- ,Celgene Corporation Research Reports ,On October ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Digirad Delivers Letter To PDI, Inc. Responding To PDI's Summary Rejection Of Digirad's Offer To Acquire Company 2Digirad Delivers Letter To PDI, Inc. Responding To PDI's Summary Rejection Of Digirad's Offer To Acquire Company 3Digirad Delivers Letter To PDI, Inc. Responding To PDI's Summary Rejection Of Digirad's Offer To Acquire Company 4Digirad Delivers Letter To PDI, Inc. Responding To PDI's Summary Rejection Of Digirad's Offer To Acquire Company 5Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Mast Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Financial Results, Acquisition Agreement, and Legal Issue Update - Research Reports on Celgene, Bristol-Myers, UnitedHealth, Sanofi and Actavis 2Financial Results, Acquisition Agreement, and Legal Issue Update - Research Reports on Celgene, Bristol-Myers, UnitedHealth, Sanofi and Actavis 3Financial Results, Acquisition Agreement, and Legal Issue Update - Research Reports on Celgene, Bristol-Myers, UnitedHealth, Sanofi and Actavis 4Financial Results, Acquisition Agreement, and Legal Issue Update - Research Reports on Celgene, Bristol-Myers, UnitedHealth, Sanofi and Actavis 5Financial Results, Acquisition Agreement, and Legal Issue Update - Research Reports on Celgene, Bristol-Myers, UnitedHealth, Sanofi and Actavis 6
Cached News: