You are trapped! Tobacco companies cheat you …

According to Article 11, 1(a), the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC),

tobacco product packaging and labelling do not promote a tobacco product by any means that are false, misleading, deceptive or likely to create an erroneous impression about its characteristics, health effects, hazards or emissions, including any term, descriptor, trademark, figurative or any other sign that directly or indirectly creates the false impression that a particular tobacco product is less harmful than other tobacco products. These may include terms such as “low tar”, “light”, “ultra-light”, or “mild”;

Why would this be such an issue that needed attention in a global convention?

Smokers choose “low-tar,” “mild,” or “light” cigarettes because they think that light cigarettes may be less harmful to their health than “regular” or “hard” cigarettes. Smoke from light cigarettes feels smoother and lighter on the throat and chest – so lights must be healthier than regulars, right? WRONG!

The truth is that such misleading words do not reduce the health risk of smoking. These words are used simply to cheat you on the tactics used by the tobacco giants to kill you …

So you may ask. What about the lower tar and nicotine numbers on the light cigarette packs? Yes they are misleading too. The truth is

A very simple message ...

These numbers come from smoking machines that “smoke” every brand of cigarettes exactly the same way. it does not really tell how much tar and nicotine a particular smoker may get because people do not smoke cigarettes in the same way the machines do. In fact the design of the cigarette tricks the machine. How? Simple and you can test it yourself too …

Have look at the filter of these cigarettes! Some have hard filter paper with no holes (regular) others have softer paper with small holes or vents on the filter paper (so called mild ones).

Light cigarettes are designed with tiny pinholes on the filters. These “filter vents” dilute cigarette smoke with air when light cigarettes are “puffed” on by smoking machines, causing the machines to measure artificially low tar and nicotine levels because these vents are uncovered when used in the machine. They also make the paper wrapped around the tobacco of light cigarettes burn faster so that the smoking machines get in few puffs before the cigarettes burn down. The result is that the machine measures less tar and nicotine in the smoke of the cigarette.

A smoker though cannot avoid blocking these tiny vent holes with their fingers and lips, which basically turns the light cigarette to a regular one. Also people, unlike machines, crave nicotine, they inhale more deeply; take larger, more rapid, or more frequent puffs; or smoke a few extra cigarettes each day to get enough nicotine to satisfy their craving. This is called “compensating,” and it means that smokers end up inhaling more tar, nicotine, and other harmful chemicals than the machine-based numbers suggest.

Convinced? Lets read a bit more …

The National Cancer Institute in the US published a report on the cancer risks of “light” cigarettes that indicate that there is basically no difference at all and the irony is that the tobacco industry determined this fact in their own documents.

Tobacco industry documents show that companies were aware that smokers of light cigarettes compensated by taking bigger puffs. Industry documents also show that the companies were aware of the difference between machine-measured yields of tar and nicotine and what the smoker actually inhaled (reference)

If you are not convinced by now, you are trapped in addiction!

Don’t be trapped, free yourself from tobacco …

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2 Comments on "You are trapped! Tobacco companies cheat you …"

  1. NADU
    10/10/2011 at 17:06 Permalink

    I think most of the smokers in our society know that… Choosing light or hard is a personal preference where the blend of tobacco is concerned… thats why a lot of smokers switch between Marlboro hard, camel hard and camel lights. The blend of the cigarette determines how you end up smelling like which is another reason some prefer lights to ultra lights rather than the health issue. If smokers really cared about their health, they’d have quit, tried to quit or asked for help. Most of the smokers do not quit because they do not want to and not because they can’t .They have a death wish. This is a good article for those who start smoking, since some of them do believe what you have mentioned above.
    😀
    I used to hear that there was a program conducted in ADK Hospital to help people quit smoking, I wonder if there was any and what ever happened to that?

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