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Am J Public Health. 2007 Nov;97(11):1981-91. Epub 2007 Jul 31.

Pharmacological and chemical effects of cigarette additives.

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Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6968, USA. mrabinoff@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

We investigated tobacco industry documents and other sources for evidence of possible pharmacological and chemical effects of tobacco additives. Our findings indicated that more than 100 of 599 documented cigarette additives have pharmacological actions that camouflage the odor of environmental tobacco smoke emitted from cigarettes, enhance or maintain nicotine delivery, could increase the addictiveness of cigarettes, and mask symptoms and illnesses associated with smoking behaviors. Whether such uses were specifically intended for these agents is unknown. Our results provide a clear rationale for regulatory control of tobacco additives.

PMID:
17666709
PMCID:
PMC2040350
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2005.078014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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