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“Alternative” cigarettes are no safer than conventional brands, report says

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1382
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

Alternative and “additive free” cigarettes, which are increasingly popular with North American adolescents, deliver substantial amounts of nicotine and other toxic components of tobacco smoke, contrary to common perceptions.

That is the finding of a study published in the December issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research (2002;4:485-90). Lead researcher Wallace Pickworth, of the US National Institute of Drug Abuse, said that adolescents' use of alternative cigarettes, such as clove cigarettes, additive free cigarettes, and “bidis”—a type of leaf wrapped, unfiltered cigarette popular among poor people in India but increasingly fashionable among US teenagers—has increased.

The report says, …

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