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Oral snuff “geared to addiction,” claim researchers

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1159

Researchers in the US claim that they have evidence to suggest that some tobacco companies deliberately manipulate their oral snuff products to addict adolescent smokers. Their findings appear in four papers in the most recent edition of Tobacco Control (1995;4:57-79).

The researchers analysed different brands of oral snuff products for nicotine content and pH in independent laboratories and found that the pH of the samples varied significantly between brands but was constant within samples of the same brand. They say that this point is crucial in the calculation of the bioavailability of the nicotine in products.

It is well known that raising the oral pH enhances the absorption of nicotine across the buccal …

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