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:11/27/2014)... babies and young children don,t need medicines if they ... says. Over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicine should ... they could cause serious and potentially deadly side effects, ... colds a year, but children get them more often. ... give them pain relievers, decongestants and other medicines, but ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... November 27, 2014 The founders of VIM ... comfortable and high functioning compression socks, are proud to announce ... use an innovative Gradient Pressure (TM) knitting technology that is ... VIM & VIGR’s commitment to adding flair and style to ... functional recently caught the eye of a writer at ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... 27, 2014 Two international trainers and ... procedure will help one person with significant needs but ... Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad of the Anacapa Dental ... launched a website devoted to helping dentist learn about ... website would be devoted to helping a patient who ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... California (PRWEB) November 27, 2014 Developers and ... a new plugin entitled ProPip, taking FCPX to the next ... picture effect with a few clicks of a mouse,” said ... time saver that our users will appreciate.” , With ProPip ... customization leaving the possibilities truly endless. ProPip is great for ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 27, 2014 ... alongside volunteer Aria Health employees, prepared and donated ... to the Lutheran Settlement House , a non-profit, ... and families living in Philadelphia. The dinners were ... Settlement House Senior Center, and distributed to vulnerable ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises 2Health News:VIM & VIGR Announces Launch of Men’s Line of Compression Socks 2Health News:World-Renowned Oxnard All-on-4™ Dental Implants Experts to Give Away Full Mouth Rehabilitation Annually 2Health News:World-Renowned Oxnard All-on-4™ Dental Implants Experts to Give Away Full Mouth Rehabilitation Annually 3Health News:World-Renowned Oxnard All-on-4™ Dental Implants Experts to Give Away Full Mouth Rehabilitation Annually 4Health News:World-Renowned Oxnard All-on-4™ Dental Implants Experts to Give Away Full Mouth Rehabilitation Annually 5Health News:Pixel Film Studios released ProPip plugin Exclusively for Final Cut Pro X 2Health News:Pixel Film Studios released ProPip plugin Exclusively for Final Cut Pro X 3Health News:Aria Health Prepares and Donates 200 Thanksgiving Dinners 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... , Nov. 25, 2014 Reinforcing its commitment ... (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today ... Administration (FDA) for its IQon Spectral CT , ... first-of-its kind technology adds a new dimension to Computed ... ability to characterize structures based on their material content ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Pa. , Nov. 25, 2014  Unilife Corporation ... of injectable drug delivery systems, today announced that its ... to present at the Piper Jaffray 26th Annual Healthcare ... a.m. EST on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. ... Internet as a "live" listen only Webcast. To listen, ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 25, 2014 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ... presentations at two upcoming investor conferences.  , 31 ... on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:45 a.m. EST / ... head of EUSA International, will provide an overview of the company ... Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference in New York, NY ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for IQon Spectral CT 2Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for IQon Spectral CT 3Unilife to Present at the Piper Jaffray 26th Annual Healthcare Conference on December 2nd 2Jazz Pharmaceuticals Announces Participation in Two Investor Conferences 2
Cached News: