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J Chromatogr A. 2008 Feb 8;1180(1-2):138-50. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2007.12.029. Epub 2007 Dec 23.

Identification and determination of mainstream and sidestream smoke components in different brands and types of cigarettes by means of solid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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Interdepartmental Center for Mass Spectrometry, University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini 6, 50139 Florence, Italy. <>


The qualitative and quantitative determination of components of mainstream and sidestream smoke has been performed by solid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Several brands and types of cigarettes sold in Italy were considered: normal, mild, light, extra light, some with filter and some without. Extraction of the analytes was performed by means of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and the optimisation of the extraction procedure was performed by experimental design, taking into consideration type of fiber polymer, exposure temperature and time. Sixty-seven components of mainstream and sidestream smoke were identified. The quantified compounds (by means of deuterium-labelled isotopologues) were benzene, toluene, p-xylene, m-xylene, pyridine, o-xylene, limonene, naphthalene, phenol and nicotine. Finally, a comparison between the chemical profile of smoke from the different cigarettes was made.

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